While there's not the thrill of an open coastline or a balmy breeze to caress your worries away like in other vacation spots, the town of Memphis possesses a soul irresistible for many visitors--earthy, real and human. It's hard to describe but easy to see in the culture and feel in the music that was born here.

The home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, Memphis is a mecca for musical pilgrims the world over and a great destination for folks that enjoy the great Southern nightlife, dining, shopping, and culture found in Tennessee's largest city.

Graceland is perhaps the most recognized destination for music lovers around the world and an absolute must-see for those who zealously echo the words of John Lennon: "Before Elvis, there was nothing." Join more than 650,000 visitors each year to learn all about this remarkable musician and cultural icon in the popular museum found here.

Other residences with interesting stories--many of them hailing from the Victorian Era--include the Woodruff-Fontaine House, the Mallory-Neely House, and the James Lee House. You can also check out one of Tennessee's finest art collections at the Brooks Museum of Art.

A change of pace from the history lessons can be provided by the Memphis Zoo --which is known for its impressive collection of more than 3,600 animals spanning 500 species. More famous animals include the Peabody Ducks, which reside in luxury at the top of the Peabody Hotel and enjoy all of the abundance that fame brings them.    

Then there is Beale Street, a famous center for blues and rock 'n' roll and home
to the Orpheum Theatre, known as the greatest theater in the South. With a colorful history that includes lots of gambling, drinking and missing persons, Beale Street's moral record isn't the greatest, but maybe that's why the musical genres born here possess that "little bit of pain and frustration" that have made them so captivating. Oh, and there's still a lot of hot music around these parts, so head here to experience its famous nightlife.  

While Memphis may not be your soak-in-the-sun and lay-on-the-sand kind of vacation, it certainly holds its own in the way of intrigue, history and excitement, particularly if you are a music-lover and a fan of good southern barbecue. So fire up the "Jail House Rock" track and start planning your trip to Memphis with this desktop getaway.