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Memphis in 3 Days

7 Dec 2010  
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What you can do in Memphis with a 3 day weekend, at a pace where you can fully absorb everything you see..not intended as an exhaustive list of all attractions, just the major ones that define the Memphis experience

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  • 1. Graceland
    Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

    See Elvis' mansion, car and planes in about 2.5-3 hours. A shuttle takes you over to Graceland mansion, and an audio tour leads you through the various rooms and adjoining buildings. Of particular note is the Hall of Gold in the Trophy Building, the collections in the Racquetball Building, and Elvis' resting place in the Meditation Garden. Back on the other side of the street is the Car Museum and Elvis' custom jets, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog Two.

  • 2. Sun Studio
    Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

    Take the shuttle from Graceland to Sun Studio, where Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got their starts. The tour lasts 35-40 minutes, including selections from famous recording artists, and includes some time in the studio itself, which includes the spot where Elvis recorded his first single and a drum set used by U2 to record some songs from Rattle and Hum.

  • 3. National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
    National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee

    Slot at least 3 hours for this stop, with in depth exhibits on the history and evolution of the civil rights movement, including pivotal figures in the struggle for racial equality. Also included is a re-creation of the room at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr stayed before his assassination, and a separate exhibit on James Earl Ray, the physical evidence against him, the bathroom from which he fired the fatal shot, and an examination of alternative theories about the assassination.

  • 4. Gibson Guitar Factory
    http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Locations/RetailCenters/Memphis/Discoverie...

    Across the street from the FedEx Forum.... take a 45 minute tour of Gibson's Memphis factory, walk the factory floor and hear about each stage of the production process, and then check out the factory store.

  • 5. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

    Next to the Fed Ex Forum, this museum begins with a short film and traces the rural roots of and then urban evolution of rock and soul, great in tandem with Graceland and Sun Studio.

  • 6. Beale Street
    Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

    Memphis' equivalent of Bourbon street, alive with jazz and blues.....worth a stroll, or two, or three.

  • 7. Peabody Hotel
    Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

    Worth a visit for the spacious and richly designed lobby, whether or not you are interested in seeing the walking of the ducks...in December, check out the lighting and the holiday tree.

  • 8. Dixon Gallery & Gardens
    Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

    Near the University of Memphis, take in the galleries on the inside and then the gardens with their assorted statutes and sculptures on the outside..a nice change up from all of the music-themed attractions listed above.