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Got four days three nights..staying along Beale Street. Plan to dance, drink and have some good BBQ in the evenings, but during the day I know we want to check out Graceland...after that what's a MUST DO...Sun Studios, Rock N Soul Museum, Cooper Young Historic District, Gibson Guitar Factory? Give me your top picks. (I have read on the forums about a free shuttle to Graceland if you take the Sun Studios tour? Is Sun worth it? And If we are at the Hampton Inn where do we get it..Fedex?)

I know we would like to spend at least half a day walking around exploring unique city shops (not the mall) if you have recommendations for that?

And is there anything to do ON or along the river?

Sorry lots of questions...thanks for any advice!

Edited: 27 March 2010, 03:38
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You pretty much cover the things that are 'must do's' in Memphis. I will leave the shops/river to the locals, they know more than me. Yes the free shuttle is worth it simply because Graceland is about 10 miles from most other attractions and it saves you having to get there by cab or driving down yourself. We always got the shuttle outside the Fed Ex building.

The Sun tour is worth it simply because it has so much history to the place...after all, this is where 'rock n roll' was born and if you have any interest in music then it is a must see without doubt.

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Other stops you might want to see is Stax, the zoo (world class), Pink Palace museum, Civil Rights museum and Mud Island (open seasonally, on the river and all about the river). If you are looking for a couple of attractions that are maybe not quite as popular, but are some of my favorites, I would recommend the National Ornamental Metal Museum (considered one of the best views in the city of the river as well) and Licheterman Nature Center in east Memphis. Also, there is a very large park along the riverfront which is great for strolling and picture taking. Also, if you like gambling, Tunica and all its casinos is about an hour away.

I agree with Moviemaker that you should see Sun if you are a music lover at all. Its about a 1 -1 1/2 hour tour at the most. The Hampton Inn is right on Beale as is the Forum. You can't miss it. Its the huge building with the big sports balls in front of it. You can contact Sun for the exact pick up spot.

As for shopping, there isn't much downtown. There is a South Main Arts district if that interests you.

http://southmainmemphis.net/

Also, on Beale check out A. Schwabs for all kinds of general stuff. If you are looking for clothes shopping, etc., you will have to leave the downtown area. Cooper Young, which you already mentioned, has some cool shops and restaurants. For other non-chain type shopping I would recommend Laurelwood shopping center on Poplar Ave. While they do have some chain stores, they also have lots of locally owned places.

Edited: 28 March 2010, 13:48
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As far as thing to do ON the river...there are daily riverboat rides and Ride the Duck tour. I haven't been on a riverboat "cruise" in probably ten years, but they used to offer several cruise times including a dinner cruise. The rides usually last around an hour (the dinner cruise was two hours). Ride the Duck is a "boat on wheels" that picks you up right in front of Auto Zone Park (baseball field). The ride starts off on pavement (like a car) and the guide tells you a little Memphis history. It ends with taking a dip in the Mississippi River, a quick float and then returing back to departure site. As far as I know, these are the only activities that take place on the water.

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tigersbbfan, I,m afraid Those Ducks stopped operation a year or so ago. To get a feel for the river I would probably ride the tram over to Mud Island, take my shoes off, wade the 1/3 mile scale model MS River while watching the real thing, then go through the River Museum there.

Diva, I lived in Richmond, so I can tell you that of the things mentioned, the main ones you might have less of there and ought to experience in Memphis are:

A top ranked zoo

Blues venues & attractions, mainly on Beale

Elvis & the Rock n Roll story ( Do Sun & Stax)

Good Pork BBQ. My appologies to Bill's!

As suggested, Shops around Laurelwood, Oak Court, Wolfchase, and Carriage Crossing are OK, but maybe you'll pick up a little more local flavor

browsing through the antiques and other items at The Palladio and Market Central around the corner from Cooper Young in Midtown.

Edited: 31 March 2010, 08:11
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tnhighroad and former Richmonder...THANKS for the suggestions! Good BBQ is a MUST on the list...I like Bill's but then again I am originally from Jersey so I am just glad to have BBQ nearby. However, thanks to everything I have seen on the Food Network I can't wait to dig into some Memphis style Barbeque.

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