Here is a brief primer on things to do in Memphis:

Elvis Presley's Graceland - No trip to Memphis would be complete with visiting the home of Elvis Presley. Giving visitors an inside look at his life, career and music, the complete experience includes the Graceland Mansion, a tour of his automobiles, private jets and more.  

Beale Street - An entertainment district in downtown Memphis filling three blocks of nightclubs, retail stores and restaurants. Beale Street is full of cold beer and hot blues, jazz, rock n roll and gospel music. This historic and entertainment capital of Memphis is a must see attraction while in town. 

Sun Studio – Sun Studio is a small recording studio opened in 1950 by Sam Phillips and is responsible for launching the music careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.  Tours are given daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is a free shuttle from/to Graceland and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. 

Memphis Zoo – Rated the #1 Zoo in America by TripAdvisor in the recent years, the Memphis Zoo allows visitors to get up close and personal with polar bears, Bengal tigers, pandas and more. The newest exhibit is Teton Trek which resembles Yellowstone National Park with a large log cabin, grizzly bears, elk, timberwolves and more. 

Dixon Gallery and Gardens – Fine art museum and public garden specializing in French impressionist and post-impressionist painting, featuring work by Matisse, Renoir, Gaugin, Cassat and Turner.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music is located on the original site of Stax Records. The museum includes over 2,000 interactive exhibits, artifacts and recordings from artists like Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Ottis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Rufus Thomas.

Barbecue –  Memphis restaurants have perfected the art of Southern cuisine - soul food and world-famous Memphis barbecue. Saddle up at Neely's Bar-B-Que (Pat and Gina Neely from the Food Network) for a pulled pork sandwich or sample their award-winning glazed ribs soaked in sauce and special spices. If you're downtown, stop by Charlie Vergos Rendezvous right across the street from the Peabody Hotel. Rendezvous have perfected the dry-rub rib and are the epicenter for visitors wanting to try a sample of Memphis barbecue.

Two small Midtown Memphis barbecue joints have been winning  awards for years with their unique spin on Memphis favorites. Try the barbecue spaghetti at The BBQ Shop or get your fingers wet at Central Barbecue. Memphis has numerous barbecue restaurants. Here are some of the off-the-beaten path favorites

Peabody Ducks – The Peabody ducks are housed in the "Duck Palace" on the roof of the Peabody Hotel. Every day at 11 a.m., they are led by the Duckmaster down to the marble fountain in the Grand Lobby. The ducks march down a red carpet and through the crowd of spectators to the tune of the King Cotton March. The ceremony is reversed at 5 p.m., when the ducks return for the evening to their palace on the roof.