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Not the Memphis Blues

Memphis is often overlooked as a priority destination for American (and international) travelers. That's too bad, because Memphis has been undergoing a Renaissance of sorts over the last decade. Not just home to Elvis and FedEx, Memphis is rich in culture, art, music, food and drink. Every year, more young professionals are drawn to this city for its affordability, music scene and new restaurants and brew pubs opening regularly. Free summer concert series at the Levitt Shell, rooftop cocktail parties, events at the Memphis Botanic Gardens and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, the mighty Mississippi River, and oh, yes, there's always Graceland.

Clockwise from upper left: springtime on Mud Island; cocktails overlooking the mighty Mississippi; view from a loft room at the Arrive (a boutique hotel on South Main); tulips in bloom at Dixon Gallery and Gardens; cocktail hour at the Arrive; outdoor sculpture at the Dixon

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