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Best Things To Do in Memphis

First up, the King: Whether you're a fan or just curious, you should definitely join the masses to tour Graceland as well as Elvis' recording room at Sun Studio. Next, an important dose of history: Swing by the National Civil Rights Museum, Pink Palace Museum and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum for a better understanding of how this city's past is reflected in its present and future. Families can head to the panda exhibit at the Memphis Zoo or watch the famous march of the Peabody Ducks that parade through the grounds of The Peabody Memphis.

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#1
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Recent travelers agreed the National Civil Rights Museum should be at the top of anyone's list of things to ... read more»

#2
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting on the original site of the Stax Records studio, this museum commemorates the musicians who recorded in this legendary ... read more»

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Graceland
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With this city's strong musical identity, there's no question as to why Elvis Presley chose Memphis as his ... read more»

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Peabody Ducks Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Originally constructed in 1925, The Peabody Memphis has held a long-standing reputation as one of the finest hotels in the ... read more»

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#5
Sun Studio
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Often referred to as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Sun Studio is a must-see for music aficionados. Former owner ... read more»

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#6
Beale Street Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Are you looking for the heart and soul of Memphis culture? Head over to Beale Street. It was here that ... read more»

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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're a fan of soul music or rock 'n' roll and want to learn more about how Memphis ... read more»

#8
Memphis Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Memphis Zoo's hieroglyphics-clad entryway leads to a primate habitat, a nocturnal animal exhibit, a vast big cat area ... read more»

#9
Mud Island River Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Mississippi River is an important part of Memphis' landscape, and to some there is no better place to enjoy ... read more»

#10
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: You'll get a different perspective of Memphis history if you spend some time at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad ... read more»

#11
Pink Palace Family of Museums
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you've got kids in tow, plan on stopping by the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Housed in ... read more»

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