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Trip to Tennessee - Advice Please

Prestwick, Scotland
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Trip to Tennessee - Advice Please

My husband and I are coming to Tennessee in July from Scotland. We have 3 nights in Memphis to kick off our trip and I have no idea where we should stay. Any reccommendations would be good. We're renting a car, but I've seen from previous reviews that some of the areas are a bit scary, and we're on a budget. Any ideas????

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1. Re: Trip to Tennessee - Advice Please

Hello Fletch and welcome to the USA,

I'm writing this from a great and inexpensive hotel in Tennessee, but we're in Nashville, not Memphis.

i've been to both cities about 3 times and really prefer Nashville. Unless you're really an Elvis fan and strongly prefer the blues over country/western, you should consider Nashville.

We stayed 2 nights at the Sheraton ($128/Night AAA rate) right downtown. Great night life within walking distance-famous live music country singers, no cover charge-Legends Corner, Tootsies, Roberts, The Stage all located on Broadway St.

Others 2 blocks down on 2nd St are Coyote Ugly and Wild Horse Saloon.

We're now at a very new and nice AmeriSuites Hotel ($79/night including great free breakfast)out next to Opry Land. Went to see the Lady Legends of COuntry last night at the Grand Ole Opry and saw Lori Morgan, Kerry Underwood, Porter Wagoner, etc. Reating tonight from shopping mall-200 stores at Opry Mills-less than 1 mile down the road.

Memphis has Graceland if you're into Elvis and great BBQ ribs and catfish. The Peabody is the place to stay downtown, but it's gotten more costly in the past few years. Memphis has done nice work cleaning up Beale St. BB King's is the focal point.

Check the internet for music festivals and see which city has more happening when you're here.

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Thanks for that.

Actually, we're sepnding 3 nights in Memphis, then a week in the Smokies, then 3 nights in Nashville, itwas just that Memphis seemd more difficualt to find somehwere in the right part of town.

Thanks for your advice re hotels in Nashville though - will definitely check it out

Thanks

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AbeJerry: Just saw your post. If you're still in Nashville, check out Nashville Palace, real close to the AmeriSuites where you are staying. We were also in Nashville over the week end and saw the Opry. Went to NP 3 nights and heard some great music there too. No cover charge, just a tip jar!

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The farther away from downtown, the less expensive it's going to be, for the most part. Not knowing how much you are willing to spend for a room/nite, kind of difficult.

If downtown, you are looking @ $150 and up per night. That would include Hampton Inn Peabody, the Peabody, and all the locals in that area.

I would skip mid-town and head east. You might search by chain hotels. Hampton Inns (by Hilton) are safe and fairly reasonable.

Another alternative would be to stay in Tunica, MS, about 30 minutes south of Memphis. There are a host of casinos there, all fairly nice, with pretty decent rates during the week. Stay away from Fitzgeralds.

As for travelling into Memphis, I think the crime gets a bad wrap. With the occasional bum hitting you up for money, you just say no thank you and move on...they won't bother you after that.

Good luck, if I can help further, please ask, and welcome to Tennessee.

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To fletch123

I am a resident of Knoxville Tennessee and a huge Elvis fan. Through trial and error and many visits, my husband and I found it is fun, cost effective, and quite convenient to stay at the Grand Casino in Tunica MS. It is easy to get to and about 15-20 minutes from Graceland. It is a huge resort with three hotels of different prices (the Veranda is cheapest) July is a busy season for the resort, but it offers several great dining options that are open late for when you get back after sightseeing. Check out the websight for more information http://www.caesars.com/GrandCasino/Tunica

You can also print off directions from the resort to various Memphis attractions on mapquest.This can help avoid getting lost in some scary areas.

Hope this helps and have a great trip!

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Hi, we're Scots living in exile in England and we went to Memphis with our two teenage sons in 2002. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Downtown - cheap, cheerful and very friendly with great views. Not a new hotel but rooms were spacious and there was a complimentary breakfast and a parking garage next door. We also considered the newer Sleep Inn round the corner but we were very happy with our choice. You could walk to Beale Street easily and take the trolley back at the end of the night. We absolutely loved Memphis. We visited Graceland and Sun Studios, toured the guitar factory and took a cruise on the river. We're going to Nashville in June this year for Fan Fest then we're off to a cabin in Pigeon Forge for some chill out time.

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as a lifelong tenn. native, i grew up about 3 hours from memphis; all my father's people are from Tupelo, MS and Jackson, TN. Any of the big hotels near Beale St. will be very safe. Just don't walk from your hotel to beale at night. get a taxi or shuttle there and then walk around to things where there are lots of people and lights. just common sense, i guess. memphis is a gritty, real blues experience. but roll with the flow. we move slower here than most places. but don't be afraid of downtown. that's were are the cool stuff is, just use common sense and ENJOY the bluesy vibes. Graceland is a lot of fun; cross the bridge and get a look at arkansas which is very, very flat (if you want to see any cotton fields like you see in "Walk the LIne". if you are into elvis, visiting his shotgun shack home in tupelo is really interesting because it totally explains Graceland. My mother, who picked cotton in Ark. as a kid and was dirt poor like Elvis, went with me to see Graceland several years ago. The minute she walked into the house, her only comment was, "Bless his heart."

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I'm a Tennessee girl. I highly recommend the area near the Wolfchase Galleria for lodging. The Bartlett and Germantown areas in my opinion are the safest. The AmeriSuites is good and there's another hotel owned by mariott, Spring Hill Suites, I believe that was terrific.

In Nashville, I recommend Embassy Suites near the airport. Prepared for you breakfast, while you wait, not just cereal and donuts.

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