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Tuesday, we took a look at Memphis and covered only the musical landmarks. There's much more to enjoy and learn about in Memphis.

The Mississippi River itself is quite an impressive landmark. You can take a ride on the Memphis Queen riverboat or enjoy a concert at Mud Island, where you can also explore a scale model of the entire Mississippi River.

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The Lorraine Motel at 450 Mulberry Street, just a couple of blocks from Beale Street, was the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. King was in town to support the sanitation workers strike, and had just given his famous "Mountaintop" speech the night before. The Lorraine went into foreclosure in 1982, and was bought by a group of prominent Memphians who founded The National Civil Rights Museum on the site. The museum is open every day.
Yet more Memphis, after the jump.

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The Peabody Hotel on Union Avenue opened in 1925. The famous Peabody Ducks still swim in the hotel's fountain each day, escorted to the lobby from their penthouse apartment by the Peabody Duckmaster. See a video of the ducks here.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas in 1962 in response to a vow he made to build a shrine to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. The hospital serves children with cancer from all over the world with no regard for their family's ability to pay, if they fit into their current research protocols.

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A. Schwab's Dry Goods at 163 Beale Street is the oldest business on the street, in operation since 1876. You can still get everything from underwear to voodoo spells at Schwab's.

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In 1991, the city of Memphis built The Pyramid Arena, a 32-storey civic center in tribute to the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. The Pyramid is home former home to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and the University of Memphis basketball program. It also hosts concerts and other big events.

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And you can't go to Memphis without a visit to the Memphis Zoo, home of pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. You can follow them online with the Panda Cam.

For more on Memphis, see Tell the Truth Travel and the city's official site.

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Ciao, Roma! Alitalia Is Offering Free Stopovers in 2018
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If you’ve been eyeing a trip to Rome, now’s your chance. The airline Alitalia is now offering passengers free stopovers in the Italian capital, allowing them to stay for up to three days before continuing on in their itinerary, as Condé Nast Traveler reports.

There are a few catches: You’ll need to book both your departure and return flights through Alitalia, somewhat limiting your choice of airports. The airline’s website is currently showing the stopover promotion only for flights out of India, South Africa, and Kenya, even though it technically applies to all Alitalia flights, according to Frommer’s—meaning you’ll have to pick up the phone and call to book if you’re located elsewhere. And if you’re American, you’ll have to take your Roman holiday on your outbound flight, since the stopovers don’t apply on flights headed back to North America.

On the bright side, Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport will hold your luggage during your extra-long layover, so if you’re headed on a monthlong trip to India, you won’t need to lug all of your suitcases around the city. You will also qualify for discounts on some Roman hotels.

Several other airlines have used free stopover options as a way to encourage tourism in their home country, including the Portuguese national airline TAP and Icelandair, whose uber-successful stopover program has contributed to a tourism boom so big that the Icelandic government has started considering new taxes to handle it.

The Alitalia promotion lasts through the end of 2018.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi Just Opened the World's First Radio-Guided Highway Art Gallery
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One way to plan an epic art road trip is to drive from museum to museum, but in the United Arab Emirates, you can take in masterpieces without leaving your car. As Artforum reports, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has lined a stretch of highway with billboards displaying works by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and Piet Mondrian.

The 10 works on display along the E/11 Sheikh Zayed road connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi are recreations of pieces at or on loan to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which developed the project in partnership with three radio stations. Dubbed the Highway Gallery, it was "created to reinforce art's role in elevating everyday life into something beautiful and memorable," the museum website reads.

Like in a traditional gallery, the 30-foot-by-23-foot displays along the road are accompanied by a guided audio tour. Drivers can learn the title, artist, technique, and other details about each piece by tuning into a participating local radio station (Radio 1 FM, Classic FM, or Emarat FM). There they will hear descriptions of Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, Van Gogh’s Self Portrait, 1887, and Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow, and Black, as well as the Islamic sculpture Mari-Cha Lion and the sarcophagus of Egyptian princess Henuttawy.

The Highway Gallery will run through mid-March. After that, art lovers can drive their cars to the Louvre Abu Dhabi to see the items in person.

[h/t Artforum]

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