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Memphis, Tennessee - City Tour

Court Square

Spend an afternoon in Court Square on the pedestrian mall downtown, feeding pigeons, listening to trolleys clang past, people-watching. You don't have to leave your bench, but if you do you're within arm's reach of Victorian Village, FedExForum, Autozone Park (Memphis Redbirds Baseball), the Peabody Hotel and so much more.

The Peabody

A designated historic monument and Memphis' only grand hotel, The Peabody (149 Union Ave.) offers guests the highest level of service, the city's best restaurant (Chez Philippe), magnificently mahoganied public areas, live mallard ducks who waddle through the lobby each morning to the tune of the "King Cotton March,". Best ambience, too. According to southern author David Cohn, "The Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg."

The Peabody's ballrooms, Plantation Roof, 1930s-era Skyway Room and lobby fountain evoke a traditional South as alive as ever. If you hear ducks quacking beneath the chandeliers, you're in the right place.

Beale Street

These few blocks measure less than a mile but are long on history. Long dormant, this strip of nightclubs, bars and restaurants has resumed its role as cultural center for Memphis music, each year attracting thousands from around the world for its blues, jazz, and rock and roll. Downtown Memphis needs its Beale Street the way Beale Street needs its street musicians. The city's legendary music depends on the sounds produced on its most famous street, and that street in turn depends on the individual horn players and guitar strummers who keep the crowds coming.

Orpheum Theatre

Since its $8.3 million restoration, the only phantom to appear in this century-old Grand Opera House is the "Phantom of the Opera." The city's first landmark, the Orpheum still reigns as Memphis' most elegant venue for Broaway productions, operas, tours, and a film series with a live pianist.

Downtown Trolley

The bell rings, the trolley doors open, and the steps lead back in time, in both decor and price. The Main Street Trolley travels the length of Main St. along the pedestrian mall, linking two historic districts, the North Pinch District on one end and South Main on the other.

Sports Arenas

AutoZone Park is a minor league baseball stadium located in downtownMemphis, Tennessee and the home of the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
FedExForum is the largest public building construction project in Memphis history. Managed and operated by the Memphis Grizzlies, the facility is home to both the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has meandered its way from one end of this country to the other long before man was around to notice. It has carried Indian canoes, flatboats, riverboats, gunboats and barges and has torn down mountains and filled in the sea. It has given life and taken life . . . and like the people who have crossed it and cursed it . . . it has never been tamed. It's the Mighty Mississippi . . . and there's no other river like it in the world.

"The Mississippi is a just and equitable river; it never tumbles one man's farm overboard without building a new farm just like it for that man's neighbor. This keeps down hard feelings."
    --- Mark Twain


"S-t-e-a-m-boat A-comin'!"

The Mississippi is famous for its Riverboat Paddlewheelers. These authentic steamships are a constant reminder of the rich heritage of the river.

Riverboats still dock at the cobblestone landing in Memphis, Tennessee, reminiscent of days gone by when cotton was king and cries of "Mark Twain" echoed up and down the banks of the Mississippi. The paddlewheels once churned in and out of Memphis, bringing wonders from points North and South.

Tom Lee Park

A strip of green along the banks of The Big Muddy, Tom Lee Park is a mecca for frisbee-throwers, kite-flyers, boat-watchers and picnickers. Throughout the warmer months-- and in Memphis there are plenty--the park also hosts music festivals and concerts.

Memphis Barbecue

Memphis means barbecue--there are more than 100 rib joints in the "Pork Barbecue Capital of the World". The roads of the Southern United States are lined with a succession of grinning pigs advertising the availability of barbecue in countless restaurants and all those roads lead to Memphis!

Elvis Presley

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important cultural figures of the twentieth century.

Graceland Mansion

It's more than just the place Elvis hung his sequined vest. It might be the only colonial suburban home on record to boast a jungle room, a pink Cadillac and over 600,000 guests annually.

Brooks Museum of Art

Among its collections of Renaissance and baroque works, English portraiture, Hellenistic and classical Roman art, as well as contemporary local artists, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art showcases both modern and classical, the local as well as the national and international.

Pink Palace Museum

The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. You can walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the country, Clarence Saunders' Piggly Wiggly. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas and audio-visuals.

Baptist Memorial Hospital

The implosion of Baptist Memorial Health Care's former Medical Center Main Tower on the morning of November 6, 2005, marked a significant step forward in the creation of a world-class center for bioscience research in the heart of the Memphis medical district. The 21-story building, which housed what was once the largest private hospital in the nation, was a symbol of Memphis' rise as a national leader in healthcare.

Memphis Belle

Memphis Belle (B-17), a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress whose aircrew was the first in the U.S. Eighth Air Force to complete 25 missions as a crew over Germany and German-occupied Europe.

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