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Fall Break travel opportunities: Memphis

From the soulful sounds of Beale Street to its famous barbecue, Memphis, Tenn. provides an unique experience with a variety of attractions for Belmont students to enjoy during fall break.

For any music lover, Sun Studios serves as the ultimate Memphis destination. Known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, visitors can see the place where legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start.

The studio is open daily, and tours are given at the bottom half of every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is only $12, and free parking is available behind Sun Studio.

Students can also enjoy free concerts at the Levitt Shell, where the Orion 2014 Free Music Concert Series takes place through Oct. 12.

Memphis is not only known for its musical influence. The city is also home to the National Civil Rights Museum.

The museum takes you through key moments in the history of the Civil Rights Movement and is located at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Admission is $14 with a student ID, and the museum operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except on Tuesday.

For a history dating back to the 1930s, the Peabody Ducks remains one of the city’s greatest traditions. Today, the ducks are given the royal treatment with red carpet walks and a stay in their own penthouse. Visitors can see the stars in person at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the ducks march through the lobby to the marble fountain in the Peabody Hotel.

While the NBA regular season doesn’t start until later in October, basketball fans can watch the Memphis Grizzlies in action at a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 11.

Memphis enters the 2014-15 season hoping to extend its playoff appearance streak after making its fourth consecutive trip last season. Tickets can be purchased via TicketMaster or Stubhub.

For a unique restaurant experience, look no further than Huey’s. While Huey’s is known for its famous burgers, the ceiling may be the first thing that sticks out when you first enter.

Customers can enjoy the restaurant’s tradition of blowing toothpicks into the ceiling through drinking straws while waiting for one of Huey’s burgers. The restaurant has been voted as “Best Burger” by Memphis Magazine every year since 1984.

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without getting a taste of the famous Memphis-style barbecue, and popular restaurants among locals include Tops BBQ, Central BBQ and Rendezvous.

After students experience the sights and sounds of Memphis, the banks of the Mississippi River provide a great view to watch the sun set over the city.

Memphis is located only three hours away from Nashville, Tenn. via Interstate 40 West. For more information on attractions and places to stay, a free visitor’s guide to the city can be accessedhere.

PHOTO: Memphis Travel Website

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