Graceland, where Elvis lived for twenty years before his death in 1977, is preserved with its Seventies decor intact. The 'Jungle Room, complete with green shag-pile carpet and faux fur, is legendary. Tour the extensive mansion and estate, and see Elvis' record collection, his fleet of cars and planes, his awards, costumes, guitars - and grave.
Visit this revered recording studio and step in the shoes of some stellar artists - Elvis, Johnny Cash and B. B. King for starters. This is where Elvis recorded his very first hit, 'That's All Right', in 1954, and set in motion a musical revolution. The tours are packed with fascinating stories and memorabilia, including Elvis' microphone.
National Civil Rights Museum
It's a crying shame that civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King didn't live to see America's first black president. Instead he was assassinated here in Memphis, on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, in 1968. The museum that now occupies the site charts the history of both the civil rights struggle and Dr. King's assassination. It's a uniquely moving experience.
Spending time on Beale Street is an absolute must on Memphis holidays. Hear the sound of the city in the street's string of live music clubs and bars, and grab a drink from a 'beer window' as you wander along. Visit legendary haunts like Rum Boogie Café and B.B. King’s Blues Club, or check out the many shops and restaurants instead.
How do you like your ribs? 'Dry', rubbed in spices? Or 'wet', cloaked in barbeque sauce? Whatever you preference, you'll find the smokiest, tastiest pork imaginable at joints like Corky's and the Rendezvous...plus hundreds of others. Memphis is the pork barbeque capital of the world.