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"City with Egyptian Connections: Memphis" Top 5 Page for this destination Tennessee Things to Do Tip by deecat

Tennessee Things to Do: 158 reviews and 217 photos

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by deecat

Located in the far southwestern portion of Tennessee, the city of Memphis was actually named after an ancient Egyptian city.

Nicknamed Bluff City because of its location on the Chickasaw Bluffs next to the Mississippi River, & as Tennessee's largest city, Memphis has a multitude of interesting places to visit. I'll only discuss the places that I personally visited.

You may wish to visit museums such as the Chucalissa Indian Museum with its 1,000-year-old mounds or the Memphis Pink Palace, where you learn about the people, the places, & the history of Tennessee.

Of course, there's always Graceland, Elvis Presley's mansion, or Beale Street, home of Blues Music, or, sadly, you might visit the Lorraine Motel, the place where Martin Luther King was murdered, which is now home to The National Civil Rights Museum.

Mud Island River Park, the River Walk, & the MemphisQueen Line all deal with the Memphis connection to the Mississippi River.
The Memphis Zoo is certainly worth a visit, especially if you have children.

Other places that I found interesting:

Gibson Guitar Factory, the famed Peabody Hotel, Court Square & the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. (After all, Memphis is the Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll!)
You may not wish to visit, but you might want to see from a distance, The Great American Pyramid, which is an entertainment & sports arena paying tribute to the pyramids that still stand near the ancient city of Memphis, Egypt.

I found it interesting that most other Tennessee cities have fake trolleys, but Memphis has "real" ones, & they will get you where you wish to go Downtown, but you will need a car elsewhere in this sprawling city.

You will probably soon become aware that Memphis is home to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which locals lovingly refer to as the Superbowl of Swine!
I found Memphis a fun-filled, musical city with delicious food & friendly locals

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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