Swing to the rhythm of sultry Memphis when you holiday in the Mid-South state of Tennessee, in the diverse and exciting United States of America. With rich musical roots and enough Elvis memorabilia to shake your hips at, Memphis is a city of great importance on the global music scene, and many visitors flock here just to get their groove on and pay homage to the legends of the past.
Of course, Memphis is about so much more than the King of Rock and Roll. Music from every genre is celebrated here, including a huge nod to the Blues, which was born in the city. The music plays on, and you can step into any Memphis bar or music venue of an evening and dance the night away.
When you've shaken off the effects of the night before, days can be spend touring historic attractions associated with the music industry, such as Graceland, Beale Street and Sun Studio. Or, if your head can't take the beat, visit one of the city's other great attractions, such as the zoo or one of the fascinating museums. Maybe simply lounging alongside the Mississippi River in the miles and miles of public parkland will see your cares drifting away with the flow of the water?
There is a great range of hotels in Memphis to choose from. Budget hotels and motels dominate the street scene on the roads in and out of the city, though you can find cheap hotels anywhere in Memphis, with an excellent variety of mid-range accommodation also peppering the entire city.
To make the most of your time in Memphis however (and to avoid driving or using public transport to get anywhere), the best place to stay is in the Downtown district. Here you are within a reasonable walking distance of many of the sights and you can book Memphis hotels of every variety, from good-value chain accommodation to stand-out luxury hotels that epitomise southern hospitality and old-time grandeur.
Big brands are easily found across the city from traditional hotels to motels. Check out offerings from Best Western, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, La Quinta, Marriott, Super8, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, DoubleTree, Days Inn, Econo Lodge and Comfort Inn.
The only exception to the Downtown rule is Graceland, which is a 20-minute drive south of the city. If you insist on being close to the Elvis Presley estate you can book hotels in the vicinity, but you might be stuck for great places to eat, drink and recount your daytime memories of Memphis of an evening. Car hire is available if you just want to pay Graceland a visit.
Top five attractions
Located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, in the Whitehaven area of southern Memphis, more than half a million visitors visit the former home of Elvis to see how the King lived, and the place he is laid to rest.
Where it all started for Elvis, this studio is the birthplace of Rock and Roll; Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash also recorded hits here.
Savour the atmosphere of Beale Street, the Home of the Blues. It's full of places to eat and drink these days, plus theatres and places to pick up souvenirs, but it was once filled with the authentic sounds of the likes of BB King and Louis Armstrong.
Families have plenty to do in Memphis too, with this popular zoo attracting young and old to see thousands of animals.
Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums
This collection of excellent museums includes a planetarium, an IMAX theatre and nature and science centres. There is plenty for all to see, do and touch at this interesting and educational attraction.
Beale Street Music Festival; May: Three days of music fill the schedule of this popular event at Tom Lee Park. Old favourites such as Jerry Lee Lewis grace the stage, as well as modern artists such as Snoop Dogg.
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest; May: This sizzling competition will tickle your taste buds as hundreds of teams compete to cook the best barbecue food.
Carnival Memphis; June: This city sure knows how to party and, though it's no New Orleans Mardi Gras, Memphis will get hips shaking, faces smiling and heads bopping during the parties that rock the city streets.