Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King from the Balcony of the Lorraine Motel: Mournful gospel hymns play softly in the background as visitors approach the place where the civil rights leader was assassinated in 1968. This is the conclusion of a visit to the inspiring National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. (tel. 901/521-9699; www.civilrightsmuseum.org), built on the site of this once-segregated motel.
Standing at the Sun Studio Microphone that Elvis Used for His First Recordings: It's worth the tour admission price just to handle the microphone in this famed recording studio at 706 Union Ave. (tel. 800/441-6249; www.sunstudio.com). It launched the career of Elvis Presley and created a sound that would come to be called rock 'n' roll.
Getting Your First Glimpse of the "Jungle Room": Sure, you've probably heard about the hideously gaudy decor inside Graceland mansion, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. (tel. 800/238-2000; www.elvis.com), but nothing prepares you for that first face-to-faux-fur encounter in the green-and-gold den Elvis created to remind him of Hawaii.
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