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More Than Just Elvis

A travel journal to Memphis by Shauna Espey

Quote: I am out to prove that Memphis is more than just Elvis. Clubs, museums, and art galleries abound in this bustling city!

More Than Just Elvis

Overview

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There is so much more to Memphis, Tennessee, than just Elvis and Graceland. Don't get me wrong: that is a major thing here, but there is SO much more. We have many museums, art galleries, historic sites, parks, nature centers, river cruises, and everything else you would find in a major city.

Quick Tips:

Coupons and event listings are available at Tourist Information Centers located downtown and in most hotel lobbies.

Best Way To Get Around:

If you are staying downtown, I definitely recommend the trolley or walking. It is cheap and takes you places you might otherwise miss. The bus system here is also cheap, but be wary of your belongings.
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This is, in my opinion, the best barbeque I have ever eaten. It is small and away from the bustle of downtown, but the Commissary offers pulled plates, ribs, a kid’s menu, and, my favorite, the Bossman Salad. It is a Cobb salad big enough for two topped with barbequed meat. I like it best with Ranch and barbeque sauce. On the weekends, expect a wait, but it's definitely worth it!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Germantown Commissary
2290 S. Germantown Rd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38138
(901) 754-5540

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Now, let's get down to the historic sites and museums...

Memphis is home to Sun Studios, where Elvis and many others recorded; Graceland; and Confederate Park. Memphis is also home to the Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium, which is located on the site where the first Piggly Wiggly grocery store was founded. We also have the Brooks Museum of Art, located in the beautiful Overton Park, and the Dixon Art Gallery and Gardens. Downtown is also the home to the newly renovated South Main Arts District. Here you will find locally owned galleries and shops, restaurants, and clubs. It's definitely worth the time to check out!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Art Galleries and Museums
Throughout Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Bars & Pubs

Attraction | "Too many to choose from!"

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We also have many flashy nightclubs to suite your fancy. The newly opened Plush club and Senses make you feel like you're a star, while smaller clubs, such as The Spot (616) and Club Atlas (located inside Jillian's), are more homey and have been on the scene for awhile. Memphis is also home to many privately owned bars, clubs, and restaurants. If you are looking to feel like a true Memphian while here, that’s what you need to find. Be sure to call clubs ahead of time to check on the dress codes, as some do get quite picky! And I know you are thinking - you forgot Beale Street. Well, here it is: Beale Street is a 4-block radius of bars, shops, and clubs. It’s great if you have money, as the dr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Bars & Pubs
Throughout Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

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More of an outdoors type? Memphis offers many great parks throughout the city and also has the Lichterman Nature Center (which is very educational), the Memphis Botanic Gardens, Mud Island Park, and Amphitheatre, Shelby Farms, and Memphis Queen Line River Cruises. Most of the city parks are open sunrise to sunset and have a host of different activities.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Parks and Recreation
Throughout Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Peabody Place Museum and Gallery

Attraction | "Peabody Place Mall"

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We have many shopping malls and plazas to suite your fancies. The recently built Peabody Place Mall is located in the heart of downtown and hosts a number of unique retailers and well-known chains such as Hot Topic, Coco & Lily, and Bath Junkie. Peabody Place also offers a number of restaurants including Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, Isaac Hayes Blues Club, fast-food chains, and we can't omit Starbucks. We need our coffee! Also located inside the mall is a Muvico Theater and a Jillian's Entertainemnt complex, which has multiple levels of games, bars, bowling, and a full food menu.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Peabody Place Museum and Gallery
119 Main St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 523 2787

About the Writer

Shauna Espey

Shauna Espey
Memphis, Tennessee