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Two days free to tour outside Memphis in May

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Two days free to tour outside Memphis in May

We (couple in our 60's) are coming to Memphis by train from New Orleans after Jazz Fest. We'll stay in Memphis for May 6-7 and will do Beale St., Graceland, zoo, etc., but thereafter plan to rent a car and drive around -somewhere - for 2 more days, returning to Memphis on the 10th. We've never been to Tennessee. Any suggestions on direction to take, things to do/see in western Tennessee or MS? We like nature, hiking, BBQ, jazz, good food, history, scenic views. Anything to see/do on the Mississippi river? Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Two days free to tour outside Memphis in May

Combined history/music opportunities for monday May 7 are: Memphis Mojo Tour by Backbeat Tours, Segway sidewalk tours w/ guide, and the Peabody History Tour, both booked at the Peabody Hotel. You could hop on a Riverfront Loop Trolley for a $1.00 45 minute spin down by the riverside and back to Main St.

Your second day could start with the first AM Sun Studio Shuttle leaving Rock n Soul Museum's door, arriving at Graceland 15-20 min. later, then picking up hourly enroute to Sun. After the hour long Sun Studio tour you're back Downtown where you can do RocknSoul, Gibson Guitar Factory, Center For Southern Folklore, and of course Beale Street. Jump in the car for Stax Studio as time permits.

Wednesday consider a two hour drive up Highway 51 to Reelfoot Lake State Park where a major earthquake in 1811 formed a massive shallow lake full of weeping Cypress trees whose "knees" protrude up from the water. You can rent custom Reelfoot wooden boats which have inboard motors. They slide over the sometimes underwater knees. You can also schedule guided tours with Park Rangers setting out to watch American Bald Eagles in their habitat, or try your hand at fishing by boat or off miles of piers scattering over much of the lake. The Blue Banks Motel has a fabled Catfish Restaurant and waterfront rooms in rustic surroundings. This natural wonder may not blend with the mood of your vacation - just a thought.

www.bluebanksmotel.com

www.backbeattours.com

www.sunstudio.com

www.peabodyhotel.com

Happy vacation!

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2. Re: Two days free to tour outside Memphis in May

Thanks for all the tips!

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