A vibrant city on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is rich with musical history—think: blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll—while burgeoning businesses and recent redevelopments breathe new life into its artsy neighborhoods and lush green spaces. THE HOT LIST Explore the $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis, opening spring 2017. Bike across the Mississippi River into downtown Memphis on the Big River Crossing along the revitalized Harahan Bridge. Spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, flamingos and more at the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp at Memphis Zoo. ICONIC EXPERIENCE Tour the hallowed grounds of Sun Studio to see where the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded hits that made musical history. FREE ATTRACTION Housed in Ripley’s historic Sugar Mill Mansion, dating back to 1842, the Lauderdale County Museum is a blast into the past, showcasing artifacts that chart the history of the region. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Memphis LOCAL FLAVOR In Memphis, barbecue is the order of the day, so don’t miss the juicy pulledpork sandwiches at One & Only BBQ or Central BBQ. Indulge in rustic Italian cuisine at the James Beard-nominated Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, or try down-home cooking at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth at Gibson’s Donuts or Phillip Ashley Chocolates. Elvis Presley’s Memphis THE UNEXPECTED Housed inside a sprawling glass-glazed pyramid, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid boasts pistol and archery ranges, a cypress swamp, several duck ponds and even a wilderness-themed hotel. Memphis Zoo I never was an Elvis fanatic, but seeing his home and the grounds, the memorabilia, the way things were when I was a teenager was inspiring. —Rob Wilson via Facebook
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