Memphis, the largest city in the state of Tennessee, is located at the junction of the Mississippi and the Wolf River. During the early days of the Civil War, this city used to be the capital of the Confederation and was later taken back by the Union troops. When you get away from the tourists and the lights, it is very apparent that this city, named after the capital of ancient Egypt, is a completely different place. When you wander through Memphis, you will realize that poverty is rampant here, with tumbledown shacks sitting beside Victorian mansions. However, this does not in any way affect its wild spirit, which is evident from the fact that Memphis is one of the most visited cities in the US.
This city is considered to be the home of rhythm, gospel, and blues. In the past, the clubs on Beale Street used to be the focal point of many budding singers including the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Today, his grave on the Graceland estate has become one of this city’s major tourist attraction. If you are a music lover or an Elvis fanatic, the clubs on Beale Street and the King’s grave must be on your itinerary.
Barbecue connoisseurs must visit this city to eat some dry-rubbed ribs and smoky pulled pork because Memphis was once considered to be the Barbecued Pork Capital of the World. Some of the other attractions that you should visit include the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Mississippi River Park and Museum, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the Memphis Zoo.
There are numerous hotels in and around Memphis that you can choose from when you are here. Here are the top five Memphis hotels that give you an opportunity to make the most of your trip.
Located on the north end of downtown, the Lauderdale courts has come a long way from its public housing days. Today, it has been converted into Uptown Square which is an upscale apartment and condo complex. Even though most of the residences here are private, you can still book a night in the Elvis apartment. This is the apartment where Elvis Presley lived while attending Humes High School. The entire décor of this apartment is maintained in the 1950s style complete with comic books, a guitar, and a wall that is covered with lipstick kisses from the visitors. Choose this hotel if you are an Elvis fanatic because the other Memphis hotels do not give you the chance to boast that you slept in the same room where Elvis used to sleep when he was a teenager.
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