For a music-lover, Memphis is the ultimate stop on a USA road trip to immerse yourself in some of the most historical and famous music sites in the world. Home to the blues, and as some say the first known rock music, Memphis can provide an enjoyable short stay for many. So if you’re ever planning on heading to Memphis, these are my top 3 music-related things to do in Memphis!
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1. Visit the ‘King’ at Graceland
This huge mansion Graceland was home to Elvis Presley, and has since been turned into a museum about the life, music and film achievements of Elvis. You can explore Graceland with an audio walking tour, which guides you through each room of the house while narrating the events that took place in Elvis’s extraordinary life. The final stop of the tour is the mediation garden where Elvis’s grave lies.
Tour price start from $34 for Adults.
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2. Go back in music history at Sun Studio
Known as the birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll, the Sun Studio recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. This studio was actually the studio that Elvis recorded his first ever record. In more recent times, the studio has hosted acts such as U2 and Ringo Starr. The Sun Studio runs a tour that goes through the history of the studio and the artists that recorded there, and takes you into the original recording room.
Tour prices are $12(+tax) for Adults. Children aged 5-11 are free.
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3. Kick back and listen to live music on Beale Street
Beale Street is a historic street for American music and is the main entertainment hotspot in downtown Memphis. Called the ‘Home of the Blues’, you’ll be able to hear some great live music pour out of the venues as you make your way past the bars, BBQs, souvenir shops and street performers. The street starts buzzing and coming alive from late afternoon.
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Sun Studios provides a free shuttle bus that runs between Graceland, Heartbreak Hotel, Sun Studio and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (right around the corner from Beale Street). The shuttle runs 7 days a week from 10am, check out their website for more details on pick up/drop off times.