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The Magic of Music in Memphis

January 26, 2021

Memphis is a magical place, full of fun and learning for students and educators alike.

The Tennessee city is open for travel groups to come through and safely experience its many sights, sounds and stories.

Memphis is famous for Beale Street—known for its many blues clubs and bars—as well as a long musical history, giving birth to some of the greatest classic and modern acts in America. More than 1,000 songs have mentioned “Memphis” in their lyrics, and Justin Timberlake acts as an ambassador across the globe for this special city and its soul.

Plus, Memphis is full of history and cultural experiences perfect for students. The local DMO even has itinerary suggestions just for student groups—here are a few highlights of attractions that are currently open, but keep in mind additional spots may open doors in the near future.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Created by the Smithsonian Institution, this museum tells the story of “musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the world,” starting in the 1930s.

Graceland

Elvis Presley is a monumental figure in music, and his home carries his legacy on with videos, photos, memorabilia, stage costumes and much more. Graceland is full of different experiences, from the most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world to a new automobile museum.

Shelby Farms Park

At 4,500 acres, this is one of the largest urban parks in the country. More than 40 miles of trails connect cycling, walking and hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. It’s a great place to get out and fish, kayak, canoe, paddle boat, ride horses, bike, or whatever else gets some energy out of your students’ systems.

Memphis Zoo

The zoo is an educational experience in disguise, featuring polar bears, sea lions, hippos, crocodiles, giant pandas, elk, timber wolves, and much more.

Head to memphistravel.com for all the information you could ever need on visiting the Home of the Blues.

Photo courtesy of Craig Thompson.

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