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When you think of Memphis, Tennessee, images of legendary rock 'n' roll and blues music icons like Otis Redding and B.B. King instantly come to mind for most. The music to come out of Memphis has both shaped this city's culture and influenced the world over. Welcome to the largest city in Tennessee, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, and the official home of blues music.
This city is practically synonymous with the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, and no visit to Memphis would be complete without visiting Graceland, the expansive 14-acre estate where he once lived. Journey through the cultural and musical spectacle of the King's mansion and enjoy self-guided tours of special exhibitions. Then cross Elvis Presley Boulevard to peruse his collection of classic automobiles and vintage airplanes.
For purveyors of rock 'n' roll, a tour through Sun Studio while visiting Memphis comes highly recommended by locals. This National Historic Landmark has been a Memphis staple since the 1950s, and is often credited as being the birthplace of rock 'n' roll as it was the place music producer Sam Phillips pioneered the music style. The active recording studio is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience for music lovers and historians alike.
For those more attuned to soul music, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music should be at the top of your list of places to visit while in Memphis. This 17,000 square foot museum houses more than 2,000 cultural artifacts celebrating musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Otis Redding. The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, a Smithsonian Institution exhibit in the heart of downtown, includes an interactive digital audio tour that music lovers won't want to miss.
Not unlike its music, the Memphis cultural scene is a vibrant combination – old and new, traditional and modern – with venues and museums dedicated to history and the arts in no short supply. The independent local arts culture has centred primarily in South Main, located in downtown Memphis on the trolley line. More than a dozen art galleries have moved into the neighborhood, fueling an economic revitalization that has brought new life to the area.
Visit Beale Street, the official home of the blues, and Memphis' must see for any serious music fan. During the day, this area is perfect for touring the restored home-turned-museum of W.C. Handy, father of blues music. By night, catch world-class music acts at clubs such as B.B. King's Blues Club, Rum Boogie Café and Blues City Café.
The legendary musical hub of Memphis is the perfect destination any time of year. But be warned, once you go, you'll want to return again and again.
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