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The muddy Mississippi rolling past Memphis' front stoop has been the one constant throughout the city's many transformations. From its heyday as the largest inland port and cotton market in the South, to its decline during Reconstruction, to its current renaissance, Memphis has endured and prospered.

Memphis' roots were established by the Chickasaw Indians who settled on the high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. The first European to visit the area was Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who crossed the Mississippi in 1541. Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette followed, and in 1682 Ren-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claimed the region for France. The first permanent structure, Fort Assumption, was built on the bluffs in 1739.

After passing through British hands, the territory was ceded to the United States, and in 1819 Andrew Jackson helped found and name the settlement. Thinking the Mississippi River resembled the Nile, the founders called their new town Memphis, place of good abode, after the city in Egypt. ....more detail

Memphis has music running through its veins, so it's no surprise that its number one visitor destination is Elvis Presley's Graceland. Home to the King until his death in 1977, the 14-acre estate comprises the white-columned Graceland Mansion, said to be the second-most visited private home in the country (topped only by the White House). A tour of the mansion includes a peek at Elvis' glittery jumpsuits, awards and rows of gold records, a stroll into the over-the-top Jungle Room and a stop at the Meditation Garden, Elvis' permanent resting place.

The tour of Elvis's Custom Jets begins in a '70s-era terminal and explores his private planes, the Hound Dog II and the Lisa Marie, while his 1955 pink Cadillac and other cars and motorcycles are parked at Elvis's Automobile Museum. Serious fans looking for more intimate details about the life of the rock ‘n' roll legend should visit the Sincerely Elvis Museum, which features photographs, off-stage clothing and home movies.

After visiting Graceland, a trip to the tiny Sun Studio is mandatory, as it was here that Elvis recorded “That's All Right (Mama)” the tune that launched him into international fame and introduced the world to a new sound that came to be known as rock ‘n' roll. You can also check out the W.C. Handy Memphis Home & Museum, a small frame house where the Father of the Blues lived while he created the syncopated rhythms of “Memphis Blues.”

A number of museums celebrate Memphis' musical roots. Stop at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum to learn about how the Memphis sound played a role in the creation of the blues, country, rock 'n' roll and soul music. Galleries are chock-full of music memorabilia. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music honors American soul music and its musicians through exhibits and such notable pieces as B.B. King's “Lucille” guitar.

Other museums present impressive collections of art and artifacts: The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art boasts works by French Impressionists, American paintings and sculpture, Renaissance and baroque paintings and 18th- and 19th-century English and American portraiture. Housed in a giant pink marble mansion, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum contains changing historical and anthropological exhibits as well as an IMAX theater. Featuring Asian art, the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art houses one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the country. Created for Chinese nobility during the Quing (Ch'ing) Dynasty, pieces include jade sculpture, intricate ivory carvings, imperial textiles and red lacquer furnishings. And find vibrant folk art on display at the Center for Southern Folklore, which also serves as a venue for blues, jazz, soul, gospel and folk music concerts.

To get a taste of life on the Mississippi, opt for a Sightseeing Cruises Aboard the Memphis Riverboats. The triple-decker paddlewheelers take passengers on leisurely, breezy voyages up and down the Mississippi River. Speaking of the river, if you're interested in learning more about its muddy waters, visit the Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island River Park. The 52-acre island park sits amid the river and is reached by bridge or monorail. The museum educates about the river with the help of thousands of artifacts, a huge aquarium and a replica of an antique steamboat, among other displays.

Back on solid ground, the Memphis Botanic Garden is a great spot from which to take in the serenity of nature. More than 20 specialty gardens sport roses, irises, daylilies, hostas, azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, wildflowers and magnolias. An urban oasis, the Lichterman Nature Center offers gardens with native plants set on 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest that are home to birds, reptiles and mammals. Two giant pandas live at Memphis Zoo, sharing space with some 6,500 other mammals, primates and amphibians in nearly-natural habitats.

The Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s, assassination, provides the locale for The National Civil Rights Museum. Excellent exhibits at the attraction educate about slavery and the civil rights movement. A large wreath hangs on the balcony outside rooms 306 and 307, which appear as they did on April 4, 1968.

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