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Memphis - Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee, with a population of 670,902, is in Shelby County, TN and close to the borders of Arkansas and Mississippi.

Memphis was founded in 1820.

Memphis has a rich musical heritage and a long culinary legacy dominated by regional barbecue.

The closest airport is Memphis International Airport (MEM).

Facts about Memphis:
AARP named their top 50 attractions in Tennessee. Eleven of the association's 50 favorites are in Memphis, including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Zoo and Graceland. Also making the list are: Natchez Trace Parkway, Fall Creek Falls and Land Between the Lakes; the towns of Jonesborough and Rugby, major attractions like Jack Daniel Distillery and Visitor's Center and attractions including the Teapot Museum in Trenton. (2008)

Main Attractions in or nearby Memphis:

Confederate Park
The Irby and the Leake families gave the land on which the park is built to the town soon after its incorporation in 1870. The sidewalks in the park are laid out in the form of a Confederate flag. In 1955 a tornado destroyed the two-story lattice bandstand in the park. A 1994 public improvements project replaced the bandstand. Today the park is used for social, political and religious functions.

Delta Queen Steamboat Company
See the heartland of our great nation aboard the legendary Delta Queen®, and the magnificent Mississippi Queen®, the only genuine, overnight paddlewheelers plying America's rivers, for a journey brimming with fun, discovery and all-American heritage. The trip offers a unique blend of American beauty and history, its sumptuous river cuisine, lively "showboat" style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain's riverside America. Charming, historic river ports, lively cities, and stately plantations. Gliding along at a stately 8 mph, your mind has time to wander back to a time when life was a bit slower and more genteel, when these mighty rivers served as America's natural "highways," and an elegant paddlewheel steamboat was the epitome of travel. You'll explore the richness of riverside America as you step ashore at historic ports of call such as lively Memphis and stately Natchez, Mark Twain's Hannibal or cosmopolitan St. Paul, bustling St. Louis and gracious Louisville, charming Chattanooga and tuneful Nashville, friendly Cincinnati and dynamic Pittsburgh.

Festivals in Memphis:

Memphis in May - Held in May. This annual event features a world championship barbecue cooking contest and the Beale St. Music Festival. The barbecue cooking contest is known as the Super Bowl of Swine. The College of Pig Knowledge. The Granddaddy of Grills. The Largest Pork Barbecue Cooking Contest on the Planet.

The sweetest smelling cloud hovers over Memphis Hickory, pork, tomato, mustard, vinegar, more pork ... Three stuffed days of smoked heaven where contestants eat, sleep, and live pig. All oink wildly, trying to win more than $61,050 in prizes.

Grillmasters and goodtimers will descend on Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis for serious competition that's seriously fun. Even the grills dress up for this party like fire trucks, airplanes, piggy banks, pot bellied stoves; you name it, it's probably here.

More than 90,000 pork lovers from around the globe Australia, Russia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Estonia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom gather together to testify about their special sauces, rubs, ribs, and whatnot in Pig-dom.

And, there's the Sharp Stage, the site of world-class musical entertainment and the Ms. Piggie competition (grown men in snouts and tutus). You'll see funny faces, famous faces, and might end up having your face on one of these special reports on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Southern Living Network, PBS, A&E, TBS, Gourmet Magazine, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living TV, or one of many other media reports.

Beale Sreet Music Festival - Held during Memphis in May. To the world, Memphis means great music. Music lovers from around the globe gather at the Beale Street Music Festival to celebrate this vital heritage, this deep river of sound.

Three magical days. Four big stages. Thirty-three acres overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, right on the heels of historic Beale Street. More than sixty top artists. One outrageous party.

Blues, rock, gospel, R&B, alternative, and soul a spine-tingling musical variety guaranteed to shake your soul. With a growing fan base and worldwide media coverage, this stellar event sells out annually.

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Memphis Tours
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nashville attractions elvis presley gracelandElvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Tour Package
Whether you are a fan of Elvis Presley or not, this is one attraction you shouldn't miss! You can't help but admire a person that single handedly changed the way the world saw music . . .

memphis mojoMemphis Mojo
Hear blues, rock, gospel and soul aboard "Miss Clawdy," your vintage 1959 tour bus. See Beale Street, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum as well as "hidden" sites only Memphians know . . .

memphis music attractionMemphis Music Attraction Passport
The home of Elvis Presley. The audio tour of Graceland Mansion is full of music and interesting stories about how Elvis lived in the home he loved so much; "Rock n Soul: Social Crossroads," a project initiated by the Smithsonian Institution, examines the history of Memphis music and its impact on cultural change; Stax Museum of American Soul Music is located in Soulsville USA at the site of the original Stax Records; Sun Studio is the birthplace of Rock'n'Roll. Today the studio where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and many others launched their careers . . .

memphis hound dog tourHound Dog Tour - A Tribute to Elvis Presley
Follow in the footsteps of the King of Rock 'n' Roll on this exclusive 3 hour Hound Dog Tour. Your vintage 1950's bus will take you to the world-famous Sun Studio, as well as to hard-to-find, hidden Elvis sites - his Lauderdale Courts apartment, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell, and . . .

memphis sun studioSun Studio Guided Tour
When 18 year old Elvis walked into Sun Studio, he was asked who he sounded like. He said, "I don't sound like nobody." And he sang like nobody ever had, with the honesty of the blues and the wildness of an all night party.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash. They and Elvis were all friends here. They made a new sound in this Studio . . .

jack danielsMemphis Riverboats Sightseeing Cruise
A riverboat cruise is only way to experience the river era of Native Americans, explorers, river boatmen like Mark Twain and Mike Fink, the local Civil War river battles and the heritage of the Mississippi River bluffs and delta . . .

ducks of memphisElvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel Package
The journey to Graceland begins on Elvis Presley Boulevard at Graceland Plaza. This package includes the Graceland Mansion Tour along with self-guided tours of Elvis' two custom jets, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, a memorabilia museum called 'Sincerely Elvis', the all-new Elvis After Dark exhibit and a 22 minute film showcasing Elvis' fascinating career
Tour Highlights
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memphis bluesBig Muddy Blues to Superfly Soul
Experience the sights and sounds of the Civil Rights Era on this stirring 3 hour tour.
Ride a historic 1950's-era bus - the same type on which Rosa Parks launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott - from Beale Street to Soulsville USA to Mason Temple (site of Dr. King's unforgettable . . .

memphis ducksRide the Ducks of Memphis
See Memphis by land AND water aboard ONE amazing vehicle. Discover the history, humor, and heroes of this legendary town and cruise the river too! Entertaining informative captains narrate this fascinatingly fun expedition . . .

memphis riverboat cruiseMemphis Riverboats Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a 2 1/2 hour dinner cruise on the Mississippi River aboard a Memphis Riverboat.
Feast on a Barbecue Combo, "Memphis Style" pulled Pork Barbecue and Barbecue chicken quarters, along with favorite side items for the dish, dessert, soft drinks, tea and coffee. There is also a full cash . . .

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