Magazine article Journal of Continuing Education Topics & Issues

Memphis Sightseeing

Magazine article Journal of Continuing Education Topics & Issues

Memphis Sightseeing

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Ask at the Peabody Hotel concierge desk for more information on the following:

The Peabody itself is one of Memphis' most popular attractions. The Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933.

The Peabody Rooftop Parties are a popular attraction Thursday evenings in summer months. Live music and food/beverage. Admission fee.

Beale Street is a national historical landmark and legendary as the birthplace of the blues. Today Beale Street thrives as a center for entertainment, dining, shopping and culture. Nightclubs and restaurants draw thousands from all over the world for tastes of local cuisine and live music, ranging from blues to rock to soul. Sam Phillips' Sun Studio, the most seminal recording studio in American popular music, still stands, and is open for tours.

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison all made their first recordings there.

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the historic site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. It includes a historical overview of the American civil rights movement. Admission fee.

Graceland, the former home of music legend Elvis Presley, is one of the most visited houses in the United States (second only to the White House), attracting over 600,000 visitors a year. Featured at Graceland are two of Presley's private airplanes, his extensive automobile and motorcycle collection and other Elvis memorabilia. …

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