The largest city in the state of Tennessee, Memphis thrived in the early 20th century, being the largest market in the world for cotton and hardwood lumber. Over time, the city developed a deep musical culture, particularly as it pertains to the blues genre, which is still present today. Viewed by many as the home of blues and soul, today the city shows a clear influence from the earlier days and has kept its laid-back charm. If you wish to immerse yourself in Memphis's live music, head straight for Beale Street, a street holding dozens of bars and clubs, most of which have live bands playing every evening. After dark, the street is closed to traffic and becomes an outdoor party with a very lively atmosphere. Many of the bars sell drinks to go, and it is legal to drink in the street as long as you stay within the entertainment district. While in Memphis, visit the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum to learn about the city's musical history and the many local musicians who have become world famous. You may also want to stop by Sun Studio, a discreet looking storefront that is credited as being ground zero for American rock and roll. The National Civil Rights Museum is also found in Memphis, at the site of the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. This museum tells the story of the civil rights movement in the United States of America and serves as a tribute to those who fought for the cause.
While visiting Memphis, spend a day visiting Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. Graceland is located on the appropriately named Elvis Presley Boulevard, less than 20 minutes from the city centre. On the grounds, you can tour the house in which Elvis lived, as well as the collection of custom planes, cars and costumes the rock and roll music icon owned.
Many other American destinations are easily accessible by car from Memphis. Travel to the country music capital of Nashville, Little Rock, Atlanta or St. Louis, all of which are 6 hours or less driving from Memphis.
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In the city centre of Memphis, parking will be available at meters or private parking garages for a fee. Outside of the city centre, parking will usually be free.
If you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the U.S. can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.
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