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20 selecttraveler.com N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 T he ghosts of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and W.C. Handy seem to loom large in the city dubbed both the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and the Home of the Blues. All around Beale Street, guests can experience Memphis' musical impact at several museums and attractions. Groups touring this music mecca can walk in the footsteps of the King, strum a Gibson guitar and record their own Sun Studios hit. Exhibits at Memphis' music museums bring the personalities and ca- reers of the city's music legends to life. Whether or not guests arrive as fans ready to rock, they will leave Memphis tapping their toes to a beat that never left the Tennessee Delta town. GRACELAND Before Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, there was the King. Elvis Presley arrived in Memphis a shy Mississippi boy who would soon become an American pop culture icon. A visit to Graceland, Elvis' legendary home, provides a glimpse into the interior life of this incredible musician. Groups can see Elvis' fl air for decorating while walking through his living room, pool room and famous Jungle Room. An audio guide of the mansion tells stories from Elvis' home life. The tour ends at the graves of Elvis and his family members. Groups that have explored these hallowed halls before should consider returning after the spring of 2017, when a new entertain- ment complex will open across the street from the iconic mansion. Elvis: Past, Present and Future will showcase the career and legacy of Elvis with interactive and immersive exhibits. "The $45 million entertainment complex across the street is the largest investment made to Graceland since it opened," said Colleen Palmertree, national sales manager for the Memphis Convention and DELTA D Y N A M O S MEMPHIS IS A FEELING AS MUCH AS A PLACE Courtesy Memphis CVB BY ELIZA MYERS Gibson Guitar Factory

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