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Things to Do in Memphis

The BBQ Capital of the World

Mark Cohn (and later Cher) famously sang about ‘Walking in Memphis’, effectively immortalizing this city. So, what about this city makes it so distinct and unique? Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee and is home to Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceville’ mansion. It is home to the ‘Memphis Blues’ music and has a vibrant community and culture, where the old effortlessly blends with the new! The city’s historic district still retains much of Memphis’s original character, while the downtown area is a buzzing hotspot for eclectic boutiques and restaurants. To know more about the most exciting things to do in Memphis, do check out our list below.

Graceland

No guide to Memphis can overlook Elvis Presley’s former home. The mansion is at once kitschy and bizarre, decorated by the King himself. Expect to find a 15-foot couch, fake waterfall, yellow vinyl walls and even a green shag-carpet ceiling. Self-guided mansion tours come with an engaging multimedia iPod narration, and you can even pay a little extra to view Elvis’s cars, including his pink Cadillac, and two custom planes. The museum across the mansion has some of Elvis’s most famous Vegas jumpsuits, awards and golden records. Graceland is the most visited private homes in America and a tour to the King’s final resting place definitely tops the list of the coolest things to do in Memphis.

Sun Studio

A Mecca for the fans of American rock-n-roll, the studio has recorded musical legends including BB King, Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and, of course, Elvis Presley. Visitors are led through the studio, on a 40-minute guided tour, which also includes an opportunity to listen to original, historic recording sessions. Pose for photographs on the X where Elvis once stood, as your guide regales you with stories about the studio. Before you leave, make sure to pick up a CD of the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ – a Sun original – that features Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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