Driving approx. 10 miles throughout the day; about 1/2 hour total. Minimal walking at Sun Studio and the Beethoven Club. Sun Studio Museum is upstairs with no elevator due to historic building code.
At the hotel, the extensive breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon or sausage, cereals, oatmeal, fruit, muffins and pastries, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll be joined at the hotel by a local expert to learn about the Mighty Mississippi River and its profound effect on local history and culture. It is the second longest river in North America at 2,350 miles and, as stated by the National Park Service, “The watershed includes all or parts of 31 states and two Canadian Provinces. The watershed measures approximately 1.2 million square miles, covering about 40% of the lower 48 states.” We’ll then take the coach to Sun Studio, an iconic recording studio where some of the most famous artists recorded in the 1950s. Whether rock-and-roll or country, and genres in between, the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis could be found there at one point or another. Led by an expert from Sun Studio, we’ll see where they made musical history.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious lunch, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After lunch, we will walk over to the National Civil Rights Museum, a privately-owned complex of museums and historic buildings built around the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. We’ll follow a timeline that charts the course of events around the assassination and the impact and legacy of the civil rights movement. After visiting the Civil Rights Museum, we will travel by coach to visit the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the first museum ever jointly developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History. Debuted in August 2004, it came out of a traveling exhibition on the roots of uniquely American music in the South, from “field hollers” to work songs, blues, country, and gospel. These more countrified forms gradually met and mingled with their urban cousins: blues, jazz, and what became rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and soul music.. It charts the story of a field of music that has had a tremendous impact on popular culture and lifestyles from the mid-20th Century through today. It also documents the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create music that changed our world. The museum’s digital audio guide lets us move at our own pace on a self-guided visit through seven galleries of audio-visual programs, instruments, costumes, other musical treasures, and more than 300 minutes of information including more than 100 songs.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
At leisure. See more of Memphis on your own or with newfound friends.