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Memphis was founded in the year 1819 and saw great prosperity thanks to its cotton industries. Despite its setbacks due to the Confederate defeat, the city managed to bounce back as it began to harness its rail transportation and river transportation potential. However, it reached its lowest ever status when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in the city in the year 1968. It only began to bounce back up in the late 1990s and began to transform itself with iconic regeneration projects such as the 321 ft. stainless steel Pyramid and Mud Island. Today, the city and its attractions are booming once again and the city has once again become a mecca for music lovers from all over the world due to its unique music themed museums and Graceland, the second most visited home in America.

The city is mainly famous for two things – it’s beautiful musical history and BBQ pork. The downtown area is full of visitors from all over the world who come to pay their homage to local legends such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Memphis, also known to be the birthplace of soul music, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, is an ideal place for all music lovers and its beautiful museums that have been completely dedicated to the musical journey of the city are a sight to behold.

Between the musical explorations and delicious BBQ porks, it can be easy to forget that Memphis is also known to be a major American city that is full of radical neighbourhoods, weird warehouse districts and a variety of cosmopolitan delights.

Whether one visits the city to pay tribute to the great Elvis Presley or to sample out its delicious cuisines, Memphis is known to offer an experience like no other.

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Memphis holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Ride The Ducks
Ticketing and departure: Third Street and Union Avenue, downtown Memphis
What is it? See Memphis by land and water aboard one amazing vehicle, an amphibious D.U.K.W. Ducks are vehicles that were designed for use during WWII to transport troops and supplies from ship to shore. The history, humour, and heroes of the town can be discovered through the entertaining and informative narration on board Ride The Ducks, which cruise the streets of downtown as well as the waterways of the Mississippi. The unique sightseeing attraction offers a fun and fascinating expedition of downtown Memphis. Hours of Operation: Daily tours depart frequently from April to November Phone:(901) 521 3825, or toll-free 1877 88 78225



2. Graceland
Elvis Presley Boulevard
What is it? Memphis' biggest attraction is the second-most visited house in the United States after the White House. The Graceland Mansion and its attendant buildings and attractions were home to the 'King of Rock 'n Roll', Elvis Presley, who died in 1977. Thousands of fans of all ages still make pilgrimages here to tour the house, grounds and visit his grave. Mansion tours are offered with audio players describing the rooms and memorabilia. Also open for viewing is the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum housing the star's renowned 1955 pink Cadillac, a collection of Elvis' personal belongings, and a re-creation of an airport terminal where the singer's two private jets are on display. As of March 2006, Graceland joins the White House, Mount Vernon and Monticello as a National Historic Landmark, the USA's highest designation for historic properties, usually accorded to the homes of American presidents. Long live the King. Hours of Operation: Open daily. Ticket office open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5pm, and Sunday 9.30am to 4pm (From November to February hours are daily 9.30am to 4pm). The mansion tour is closed on Tuesdays (November to February). All operations are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Phone:Reservations office: (800) 238 2000



3. Sun Studio
706 Union Avenue
What is it? Visitors who come to Memphis to pay homage to Elvis Presley inevitably are also keen to visit the legendary recording studio in Union Avenue where the King of rock 'n roll's career, and that of numerous other stars, began. The story is that Elvis first walked into the Sun Studio in the early 1950s to record a song as a birthday present for his mother. The rest is musical history, now enshrined in the studio that also launched the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis on the road to stardom. Visitors to the studio can hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis' first microphone, view a great deal of memorabilia and listen to anecdotes. Alongside the studio is the Sun Studio Café, a diner that retains its 1950s style and is still a favourite musician's hangout. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 6pm, with public tours starting every hour on the half-hour, beginning at 10.30am Phone:(901) 521 0664



Memphis holidays - Top Events


1. Beale Street Zydeco Festival

From 2007-02-23

To 2007-02-24

What is it? Not only is the famous Beale Street in Memphis the home of Blues and rock 'n roll, but it is also a centre for devotees of Zydeco music - accordion-driven Cajun sounds. On two days each year top zydeco artists converge on the local clubs and pubs, and offer street performances and jam sessions. Where is it? Various in Beale Street



2. Memphis in May

From 2007-05-04

To 2007-05-26

What is it? May is the month with the most celebrations in Memphis, when the city celebrates with a clutch of festivals designed not only to highlight the indigenous charms of Tennessee but also as a cultural exchange exercise, honouring a different 'guest' country each year (Spain in 2007). Kicking off the merry month is the Beale Street Music Festival, billed as 'one outrageous party' taking place over three days, with four stages on 13 hectares (33 acres) alongside the mighty Mississippi. This is followed up by the Desti-Nations International Festival featuring activities, displays and cultural exhibitions relating to the chosen guest country. The other two main events of Memphis in May are the World Championship Barbecue Contest and the Great Southern Food Festival combined with the Sunset Symphony concert on the riverbank. For more information, call (901) 525 4611. Where is it? Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park, downtown Memphis; Desti-Nations Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden, Cherry Road, Audubon Park; Barbecue Contest at Tom Lee Park; Sunset Symphony and Food Festival on the river bank downtown



3. Carnival Memphis

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-06-30

What is it? A charitable tradition since 1931, Carnival Memphis strives each year to raise as much as possible in support of causes for underprivileged children. The Carnival is filled with a round of social events, including luncheons and balls, presided over by the annually elected Carnival King and Queen. A highlight is a three-mile (5km) children's fun run and carnival at the Park Vista Hotel. Where is it? Various



4. Elvis Week

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What is it? Memphis boasts the most famous and most visited tourist attraction in the United States, Graceland, former home of rock 'n roll legend, Elvis Presley. Each year on the anniversary of Presley's death hundreds of thousands of avid fans flock to Graceland for a week of scheduled events, most of them having become traditional like the Candlelight Vigil, a 1950s style dance party, and a fun run in aid of charity. Live music and singing is provided all week. Where is it? Graceland mansion, Elvis Presley Boulevard



5. Pink Palace Crafts Fair

From 2007-10-05

To 2007-09-08

What is it? A great outing for avid shoppers, the annual craft fair in aid of Memphis' Pink Palace Museum attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The event includes a juried show and the sale of works by about 300 artists, live music and ethnic food. For more information, call (901) 320 6408. Where is it? Audubon Park




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