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Attractions

August 12, 2008
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

American Dream Safari

343 Madison

Memphis, Tenn. 38103

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Many of Elvis’ elaborate, hand-embroidered jumpsuits are on display at Graceland.

901-527-8870

www.americandreamsafari.com

tad@americandreamsafari.com

The difference between a tour and an experience. Customized cultural expeditions exploring Memphis from the backseat of a 1955 Cadillac. Choose from eight different tours and hop in the back of the Caddy for a truly unique tour experience.

Also available are Walking in Memphis downtown tours that are a combination walking tour and trolley ride enabling you to explore the rich architecture and culture of downtown Memphis.

Backbeat Tours of Memphis Music

140 Beale Street

901-272-BEAT (2328)

www.backbeattours.com

backbeattours@yahoo.com

Learn about the history of Memphis music and hear the sounds of Memphis actually performed live during your tour on a vintage tour bus.

Beale Street Entertainment District

203 Beale Street

Suite 300

901-526-0110

bealestreet.com

The blues were born on Beale Street, and it was the home to famous blues musicians such as W.C. Handy who wrote the first blues song here in 1909. Beale Street is one of the most famous streets in Memphis, and it is the soul of old Memphis.

The Blues Foundation

49 Union Avenue

901-527-2583

Fax: 901-529-4030

www.blues.org

The Blues Foundation is a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Memphis, the home of the blues. With more than 160 affiliated blues organizations, and membership spanning the globe, the foundation serves as the hub for the worldwide passion for blues music.

The Children's Museum of Memphis

2525 Central Avenue

Memphis, Tenn. 38104

901-458-2678

cmom.com

children@cmom.com

New for 2008: Tree House at the Children's Museum and the Malco 4 Kids theater. Experience hands-on excitement!

Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange

65 Union Avenue

901-531-7826

www.memphiscottonmuseum.org

info@memphiscottonmuseum.org

Memphis was and is the world's center for "spot cotton" or cash crop trading. The cotton economy completely defined 150 years of the city's history.

Davies Manor Plantation

9336 Davies Plantation Road

Memphis, Tenn. 38133

901-386-0715

www.daviesmanorplantation.org

daviesmanorassoc@bellsouth.net

The oldest furnished log and chink home in Shelby County is open for tours. The plantation house is a two-story pioneer home built in the early 19th century, owned by the Davies family for over 100 years. On the National Register of Historic Places.

Delta Blues Museum

Blues Alley

P.O. Box 459

Clarksdale, MS 38614

662-627-6820

www.deltabluesmuseum.org

info@deltabluesmuseum.org

The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues. The city of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 ("the crossroads"), and the surrounding Delta region are known as "the land where the blues began."

Gibson Beale Street Showcase

145 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue

901-543-0800

www.gibson.com

Take a complete tour of the Gibson Beale Street Showcase in Memphis. This memorable tour of Gibson's Memphis guitar factory consists of an intimate viewing of the facility as Gibson's skilled luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world.

Minimum age is 5 years old.

Jack Daniel Distillery

Tennessee Highway 55

Lynchburg, Tenn. 37352

931-759-6180

www.jackdaniels.com

The Jack Daniel Distillery the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. is where it all happens.

Lauderdale Courts: Former Home of Elvis Presley 1949-1953

252 North Lauderdale

Memphis, Tenn. 38105

901-523-8662

www.lauderdalecourts.com

Second only to Graceland, Lauderdale Courts is the Memphis home Elvis lived in the longest. From September 1949 to January 1953 Elvis Presley and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, lived at 185 Winchester, Apartment 328 in Lauderdale Courts.

Main Street Trolley Attraction

444 N. Main Street

901-274-6282

www.matatransit.com

Take a ride back in time with the colorful and characteristic antique trolleys. The trolley system connects you to great restaurants, shops, downtown hotels, attractions, events and more.

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

191 Beale Street, Suite 100

On the Plaza of FedExForum

901-205-2533

www.memphisrocknsoul.org

info@memphisrocknsoul.org

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum's exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.

Memphis Zoo

2000 Prentiss Place

Memphis, Tenn. 38112

901-333-6500

www.memphiszoo.org

zooinfo@memphiszoo.org

Get nose-to-nose with polar bears in the Underwater Viewing Building and splashed by sea lions in the Northwest Passage exhibit.

Mississippi River Museum

125 North Front

901-576-7230

www.mississippirivermuseum.org

Eighteen-gallery museum of the natural and cultural history of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. More than 5,000 artifacts tell the story of river transportation, the U.S. Civil War and music of the delta.

National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street

Memphis, Tenn. 38103-4214

901-521-9699

www.civilrightsmuseum.org

Interpretive exhibits and audio/visual displays bring to life the most significant moments of civil and human rights struggles and victories.

Peabody Ducks

149 Union Avenue

901-529-4000

Fax: 901-529-3600

www.peabodymemphis.com

The Peabody's famed ambassadors are five Mallard ducks one drake with his white collar and green head, and four hens with less colorful plumage. The ducks are raised by a local farmer and a friend of the hotel. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before being retired from their Peabody duties and returned to the farm to live out their days as wild ducks.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum/Burkle Estate

826 North Second Street

Memphis, Tenn. 38107

901-527-3427

Fax: 901-527-8784

www.slavehavenundergroundrailroad.

org

heritagetours@bellsouth.net

Explore this former way station on the Underground Railroad. A secret cellar and trap doors reveal the escape route of runaway slaves.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 East McLemore

Memphis, Tenn. 38106

901-946-2535

Fax: 901-507-1463

www.staxmuseum.com

soulman@soulsvilleusa.com

Today, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records, pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, items of memorabilia and galleries designed to keep Stax alive forever.

Sun Studio

706 Union Avenue

901-521-0664

Fax: 901-525-8055

www.sunstudio.com

info@sunstudio.com

Take a guided tour through the "birthplace of rock 'n' roll." Learn the history of the most famous recording studio in the world.

Tunica County CVB - Gaming

P.O. Box 2739

Tunica, MS 38676

662-363-3800

Fax: 662-363-1493

www.tunicamiss.com

It's no secret that Tunica is a big-name resort with 400 table games, more than 14,000 slots and 6,300 hotel rooms and suites.

Tunica Queen Riverboat

One River Park Drive

P.O. Box 700

Tunica Resorts, MS 38664

662-363-7622

www.tunicaqueen.com

cclayton@tunicaqueen.com

The one-hour sightseeing cruises on the beautiful Mississippi River include a colorful narration by the captain about the river with local points of interest.

W.C. Handy House & Museum

352 Beale Street

www.heritagetoursmemphis.com

Recapture the flavor of "Old Beale Street" at the home of the "Father of the Blues."

source: www.memphistravel.com/ attractions

 
 

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