Be sure to take advantage of Memphis’s mild winter with a walk in nearby Harbor Town, where blooming Japanese cherry and tulip poplar trees line the streets of the riverside neighborhood. Head downtown to the Peabody Hotel to see the famous penthouse residents: a team of very happy ducks who parade through the lobby twice daily.
The National Civil Rights Museum documents the history of the American civil rights movement with oral histories, films, and interactive exhibits. In addition to daily tours, a behind-the-scenes Gilded Twilight tour is offered Friday and Sunday evenings. Located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the museum also includes a memorial to the fallen civil rights leader.