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Speaking of reader tips, the repeated demands to see Memphis persuaded me to skip a planned stop in Birmingham, Ala. With apologies to Ian, who wrote in after she saw my blog post to suggest I not miss Alabama, Memphis had a lot of interesting history. Alas, by the time I got here Sunday night, everything was closed. Still, I got a glimpse of Elvis' Graceland home and drove by some of the museums and record stores there.
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Pictured: The Memphis downtown bar scene.