Memphis, the largest city in the state of Tennessee, is known for many things. It is the home of Elvis Presley, who will forever be known as the King of Rock and Roll, and his mansion Graceland that sees scores of visitors year-round. Memphis is one of the biggest southeastern cities and is mentioned in countless songs by artists ranging from Chuck Berry to Paul Simon. Known for some of the world’s best barbeque and a lively music scene that has been thriving since the early days of country, blues and rock, the spirit of this city seems to have a life of its own.
There are numerous activities awaiting tourists in Memphis. Most visitors make their way to Graceland, particularly for the anniversary of Elvis’s death every January, but Graceland only scratches the surface of what this city has to offer. There is the Memphis Walk of Fame on Beale Street, which celebrates the city’s blues musicians and composers such as B.B. King and Aretha Franklin, just like the Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates famous actors. Make time to stop by the clubs and bars along Beale Street that have helped carve out Memphis’ reputation as a city full of music and nightlife. Another well-known attraction is the Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel. This is the location where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, providing an ideal opportunity to reflect upon and to educate young people about our history.
Memphis also has a ton to offer sports lovers. The beloved Redbirds baseball team plays at AutoZone Park, which is a great way to soak up the local culture. The city hosts state baseball tournaments and football’s Liberty Bowl and often plays host for games during March Madness at the University of Memphis. Memphis is full of colleges and universities, making it a true college town. Schools include Rhodes College, Memphis College of Art, Le Moyne-Owen College, Crichton College, Christian Brothers University, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Southern College of Optometry, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
There is plenty of culture and entertainment to enjoy in Memphis as well. Catch a show or event at The Pyramid or the Mid-South Coliseum. You can always spend a day at the Memphis Zoo or any of the city’s parks such as Tom Lee Park, W.C. Handy Park, Audubon Park, or Shelby Farms Park, which is one of the largest urban parks in America. And you won’t want to miss Overton Park, a public park that includes the Old Forest Arboretum of Overton Park, the Lichterman Nature Center, and the Memphis Botanic Garden. The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the FedExForum, and Mississippi riverboat day cruises are also huge points of interest in the city.
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