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Sun Studio

Opened in 1950 by rock’n’roll pioneer Sam Phillips, Sun Studio has helped launch the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley among many. With the help of an (occasionally annoying) ceaselessly upbeat tour guide, Sun Studio welcomes you to mosey around the venue, listen to original recordings and even have a go on The King’s own microphone if you’re lucky.

Graceland

It goes without saying that if you’re looking to shy away from tourist traps, Graceland is not the place for you. However, Elvis’ home is pretty incredible and worth a visit. His lavishly themed rooms and custom-made cars are sure to inspire your own hypothetical multi-million-pound lifestyle. Plus, there are no overwhelming tour guides, so you’re free to wander around the intimate property on your own accord.

Stax Museum

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is located on the original site of the legendary Stax Recording Studio. Here, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in films and interactive exhibits celebrating the legacy of American soul music. Look out for Isaac Hayes’ 1970s 24 carat gold-plated Cadillac – it won’t be hard to spot.

National Civil Rights Museum

Located at the Lorraine Motel, the National Civil Rights Museum is both a memorial and a museum, bringing you the history of American civil rights from the 1700s up to the present day. The extent of information at the museum is overwhelming, so give yourself a whole day to look around.

Sun Studio

Graceland

Stax Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

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