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Memphis travel guide

The Birthplace of Rock and Roll

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You're Going to Love Memphis

Memphis has a magic that few other American cities possess, and it’s all about the way this Tennessee city plays on your senses.

There’s the intoxicating smell of barbecue cooking, the dazzling sight of gold ornaments, the architecture of mansions like Graceland, and the sound of rhythm and blues on Beale Street all night long. If you love music, food, and history, Memphis is the place for you.

If to you Elvis Presley is King, you simply have to visit. No true fan can avoid making the pilgrimage to Graceland, the King’s mansion, where you can see where hits like Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel were recorded at Sun Studios. For music fans, Memphis isn’t just another city. It’s almost a place of worship.

From dedicated rock and rollers to history buffs and gourmet food lovers, Memphis attracts a broad spectrum of people, and all of them find a way to fall in love with this charming southern destination.

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Memphis is at its best in spring and fall. Summer can be extremely hot and humid, but it’s a good time to go if you don’t mind the heat. Elvis Week is also in August, so late summer tends to draw rock and roll pilgrims. Visit in May to catch the Beale Street Festival or 901Fest, a showcase for Tennessee’s finest musical talent.

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Where to Stay in Memphis

There are plenty of luxury accommodation options in town. The most spectacular hotel is probably the Peabody Hotel, with its lobby fountain that’s home to actual ducks. The Madison Hotel has a popular grill restaurant, while River Inn is a smaller boutique option located right next to the Mississippi. If you are traveling on a tight budget, there’s no better place to stay than Pilgrim House Hostel, which offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms.

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Midtown is the place to visit for bohemian stores and major chains. The mall at Overton Square is a good place to look for apparel and electronics, with stores like the Attic (an apparel boutique), athletic brands like Breakaway Running, and a huge range of places to eat. Downtown, Union Ave, and S Main Street are a good place to hunt for interesting shops, such as popular local start-ups like Made by Memphis Pop Up Shop and bigger stores like Shop Girl New York.

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If you want to shop for the freshest food in town, head just south of Downtown to the Memphis Farmers Market. However, there are cheaper options nearby as well, including branches of Krogers, A&M, Target, and Walmart. The cost of living in Memphis is relatively low. You can have a good meal out for about $15 and a gallon of gasoline will cost around $2.

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Where to Eat in Memphis

There are some superb soul food restaurants in Memphis. Miss Polly’s is a great place to book in the center of town and serves up huge portions of chicken wings. Alcenia’s is the best place to grab a filling breakfast, while Dyer’s Burgers is a fast food institution. For more up-market meals, check out Flight or Pearl’s Oyster House, while Iris in East Memphis cooks up superb French-Creole dishes. Expect to pay around $15 for a medium-range meal and $30-40 at more high-end places.

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