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Memphis Introduction


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Memphis is where you go to learn about the blues, the birth of rock 'n' roll and Graceland. Ties to the past are strong and deep there—and accessible via the living music of the blues.  Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Memphis Geography


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The Mississippi River forms the city's western boundary. Downtown, which holds many of the popular tourist attractions, spreads along the river (the downtown is not in the center of the city, the usual urban pattern, but along its western edge).   Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Memphis History


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The Chickasaw people were early residents of the high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, and in 1739, Fort Assumption became the first Euro-American outpost in the area. The town prospered in the first half of the 1800s, becoming an important inland port and cotton market. The good times ended with the Civil War, and the ensuing years were marked by yellow-fever epidemics and economic depression. The city remained the hub of the surrounding cotton country, however, and by the early 1900s the nightclubs along Beale Street were renowned for good times and the blues music that had been born on the plantations.  Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Memphis Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although some Elvis disciples might rush directly to Graceland, many prefer to start where the city began—the Memphis riverfront and downtown. Just offshore is Mud Island River Park, a city park that features a Mississippi River Museum and scale model of the full river that visitors can walk along and within.  Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Memphis Nightlife


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Fittingly, live music is Memphis' best after-dark pursuit. Beale Street, much sanitized since its heyday, draws in a lot of visitors looking for good bands, and the clubs don't disappoint, either. B.B. King's Blues Club, the Rum Boogie Cafe and Alfred's are prime stops there. Farther east, a mixture of touring and local acts frequent Minglewood Hall, Hi-Tone and the Young Avenue Deli. Most clubs on Beale usually stay open until at least 4 am, with clubs in other sections of town generally closing between 1 and 2 am.  Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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Memphis Restaurants & Dining


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The best way to get Memphis residents into an argument is to ask them which place in town has the best barbecue—or even whether you should have your ribs wet (with sauce) or dry (with a rub of seasoned powder). In a city that bills itself as the Pork Barbecue Capital of the World, there are literally dozens of places from which to choose. One traditional favorite (and the one most convenient to the downtown attractions) is Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous (dry ribs), a memorabilia-filled basement restaurant in an alley opposite the Peabody Hotel. Central BBQ has made its way to the top of virtually every Memphian's list with its range of choices that include barbecue sausage and portobello mushroom, whether in the original Central Avenue location or the newer spots on Summer out east or on South Main. Depending on whom you ask, the finest barbecue sandwiches in town might also be at Interstate Bar-B-Que (near I-55 on south side of city) or in midtown at the Bar-B-Q Shop.   Click here to see the full Memphis travel guide on Travel42 »

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