Memphis has strong links to not one but three musical genres; they say it’s the birthplace of rock and roll, and the home of soul and blues.
There’s plenty to see and do in Memphis beyond Elvis’ mega residence, Graceland. In its heyday, the legendary Sun Studio was the recording site for Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Take a guided tour and you’ll be privy to hearings of some of these famous recordings and at the end you can pick up some ‘50s-style souvenirs and refreshments.
Memphis also had a significant role in America’s 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Re-opened in 2014, the National Civil Rights Museum is a collection of museums and historic buildings based around what used to be the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The museum houses impressive interactive multimedia exhibits where you can access audio, photos and videos about the civil rights movement.