On the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis brilliantly celebrates its vibrant, diverse culture. Blues, soul and country music spill from every honkytonk and caf\u00e9, while inventive and deeply satisfying Southern cooking fuels the never-ending party on Beale Street.\r\n\r\n\r\nShop\r\nLansky Brothers was Elvis\u2019s favorite shop and still stocks blue suede shoes, while its sister store, Lansky 126, is the place to go for designer denim. Crazy Beautiful finds retro-accented clothing and shoes from indie designers, while Flashback, a self-described \u201cvintage department store,\u201d is crammed with pre-owned and reproduction jewelry, furniture, housewares and clothing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSee\r\nThe legendary Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music are filled with memorabilia and great music, as well as shrines to the spaces where Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and Albert King recorded their rockabilly, soul and blues classics in the 1950s and \u201960s. Gibson guitars were integral to that music, so don\u2019t miss a tour of the factory where its luthiers build beautiful instruments. But don\u2019t overlook a pilgrimage to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, an institution built around the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.\r\n\r\n\r\nDrink\r\nAt cocktail time, Lee, the bartender at 5 Spot, will take you under her wing as she mixes your first Negroni. Head to a show at B.B. King\u2019s Blues Club or Rum Boogie Caf\u00e9, then make your way back to Earnestine and Hazel\u2019s. This funky bar attached to 5 Spot serves cold Red Stripe and local Ghost River Golden Ale alongside its sloppy signature $6 Soul Burger.\r\n\r\nUrban craft distilling and brewing are novel in this whiskey-making state, but the new Old Dominick Distillery will pour its first vodkas and a honey-citrus toddy during $12 tours. Natives buzz about Wiseacre Brewing, which offers more than a dozen beers created by Brewmaster Davin Bartosch, who trained in Munich.\r\n\r\n\r\nEat\r\nDevouring smoky, slow-cooked pit barbecue is as essential to the Memphis experience as hearing live blues music. Local chefs love Central BBQ\u2019s three locations for its dry-rubbed, hickory- and pecan-wood-smoked ribs and pulled pork. More historic is Charlie Vergos Rendezvous rib joint, located in a basement downtown. Just across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas, truckers idle their rigs to pick up Ray\u2019s World Famous BBQ and fluffy, house-baked cakes.\r\n\r\nAt the other extreme is Flight, a fine-dining restaurant and wine bar that offers trios of Oregon whites, Napa reds or Tennessee whiskeys with small entr\u00e9es like elk chops glazed with Kahl\u00faa\u00a0or savory chicken and waffles with mushrooms.\r\n\r\n\r\n4 Hour Getaway\u00a0\r\nElvis\u2019s home at Graceland, on the outskirts of Memphis, is surprisingly understated for someone who, in addition to changing the course of American music, was known for excess. The rest of the 14-acre complex, however, has plenty of glitz. The mansion tour is like a wonderful time travel voyage to the 1960s. Devout fans can linger in the meditation garden or visit the museum-like exhibits of \u201cElvis Presley\u2019s Memphis\u201d to ogle The King\u2019s platinum records for \u201cJailhouse Rock\u201d and \u201cLove Me Tender,\u201d plus his collections of costumes, cars, motorcycles and airplanes. It\u2019s a kitschy and disarmingly nostalgic way to spend half a day.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s also new restaurants on the property named for Elvis\u2019s parents\u2014Vernon\u2019s Smokehouse (barbecue and fried catfish) and Gladys\u2019 Diner (grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches). Combine those with the new 450-room Guest House at Graceland that\u2019s complete with its own bar and restaurants, and you could plan a weekend escape with The King.