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  1. Showtime

    The largest showboat in the world, the historic 300-foot-long General Jackson cruises along the Cumberland River. (Heavenly Perspectives via Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honky-tonk high

    Concert-goers enjoy an act at the 2006 CMA Music Festival June 8, in Nashville, Tenn. (Rusty Russell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Fan favorites

    During the annual 'Fan Fair' in Nashville, Jim Hager of the TV show 'Hee-Haw' gives a fan a kiss. Thousands are drawn to the annual face-to-face meeting of musicians and their admirers. (Karen Kasmauski / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Original tunes

    Buffer Mitch Trentel finishes a guitar at the Gibson custom shop in Nashville. Gibson guitars are touted as the best in the world. (Bob Sacha / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Play it again

    Musician Tim Hadler stands holding his guitar outside Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a country music bar in Nashville, Tenn. (Catherine Karnow / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A state of awe

    State Capitol & War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. At the memorial, a statue of a lone warrior stands high above the plaza steps. Close by, is a black marble memorial wall with the names of Vietnam veterans from Tennessee. (Walter Bibikow / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Country history

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum illustrates country music's story through a treasure trove of historic video clips, recorded music, exhibits, live performances, public programs, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and more. (Timothy Hursley / Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Opryland wonderland

    Gaylord Opryland Resort Atrium is noted as America's largest non-casino resort. Spread across nine acres, this wonderland includes a natural indoor atrium with rivers, walking paths, lush landscaping, and waterfalls year-round. (Barry M. Winiker / Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Beale Street

    One of America's most famous musical streets, Beale Street is located in the heart of downtown Memphis and is 3 blocks of more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    Set in the city's historic Overton Park, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the region's oldest and largest museum. Its collection of paintings, prints and sculptures spans the 13th through 20th centuries and represents cultures from virtually every continent. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. National Civil Rights Museum

    Located at the Lorraine Motel, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum presents interactive audiovisual displays, life-sized replicas and actual artifacts to present an emotionally charged history of the American civil rights movement. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Legends in tune

    Taken at Sun Studio, this famous photo features some of the greatest performers in Rock'n'Roll history: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Wall of famous faces

    More famous musicians' photos at Sun Studio. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Memphis Motorsports Park

    The Memphis Motorsports Park Hosts the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Truck Series and the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Trolley to the mall

    Restored antique trolley cars ramble along the Main Street Mall and scenic Riverside Drive, connecting downtown area attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Pyramid Arena

    The Pyramid Arena, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the most uniquely designed structures on earth and hosts assorted entertainment and sporting events. A tribute to the city's Egyptian namesake in Egypt, this 32-story, 22,500-seat, is the third largest pyramid in the world. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Mississippi River Park & Museum

    This full-scale replica of the Mississippi River is just one of the many, popular points of interest found at the Mississippi River Park and Museum. The "island" also features an 18-gallery, interactive history museum, amphitheater, gift shops and restaurants. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 10/9/2006 3:10:01 PM ET 2006-10-09T19:10:01

Best Spot for a Romantic Dinner: If you feel like playing prince or princess for a night, there's no more romantic place to do so than amid the palatial surroundings of Chez Philippe, 149 Union Ave. (tel. 901/529-4188), at the opulent Peabody hotel.

Best Spot for a Celebration: Amusing decor and food as creative as the atmosphere make Automatic Slim's Tonga Club, 83 S. Second St. (tel. 901/525-7948), a good spot for a casual celebration.

Best Decor: Dine from the comfort of refurbished hair dryer chairs at Beauty Shop, 966 S. Cooper (tel. 901/272-7111). Or just sit at the banquette and tables and soak up the chic blush-and-cream-colored decor and retro block-glass booth dividers.

Best Wine List: Melange, in the Cooper Young historic district of Midtown, 948 S. Cooper, tel. 901/276-0002), has one of the best wine selections in Memphis.

Best Value: The abbreviated bistro menu served at La Tourelle Restaurant, 2146 Monroe Ave. (tel. 901/726-5771), provides a chance to sample this restaurant's excellent food, but you don't have to eat as many courses and you spend a lot less money.

Best for Kids: At the Buntyn Restaurant, Park Avenue at Mt. Moriah (tel. 901/458-8776), the folks really like kids, and the kids really like the old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes cooking.

Best Continental Cuisine: The decor is a cross between classic French-country-inn and baronial mansion at Paulette's, 2110 Madison Ave. (tel. 901/726-5128). The menu combines American and Hungarian influences with continental; you will find the likes of filet mignon and veal tenderloin accented with wine and herb sauces.

Best French Cuisine: Because both have such good reputations, I couldn't choose one above the other, so I'll leave the decision up to you. The cuisine at Le Petit Bistro, 5007 Black Rd. (tel. 901/767-7840), is contemporary French, served in a casual bistro atmosphere, while at La Tourelle, 2146 Monroe Ave. (tel. 901/726-5771), both classic and contemporary dishes are served in an elegant setting.

Best View: Joe's Crab Shack, 263 Wagner Place (tel. 901/526-1966;), a casual chain restaurant, is located in a converted warehouse overlooking the Mississippi River. Both the views and the menus conjure up images of the Gulf Coast.

Best Barbecued Ribs: The legendary Rendezvous, 52 S. Second St. (tel. 901/523-2746), has, hands-down, the best ribs in Memphis. Accompany these with red beans and rice and some mustard slaw, toss in a bit of attitude from the waiters, and you have the makings of a very memorable Memphis meal.

Best Japanese Cuisine: Sekisui of Japan, Humphreys Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd. (tel. 901/747-0001; and two other locations), serves consistently good tempura, teriyaki, kushiyaki, yakizakana, and platters of the freshest sushi.

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Best Steaks: The steaks at Folk's Folly Prime Steak House, 551 S. Mendenhall Rd. (tel. 901/762-8200), are such a Memphis institution that the restaurant has its own butcher shop; restaurant patrons can also buy some of the best meat available for cooking at home.

Best Late-Night Dining: When the urge to eat strikes late at night, you can nosh tapas with your martinis at Melange, 948 S. Cooper St. (tel. 901/276-0002), which stays open until 2 a.m.; or suck down some saucy ribs at the Rendezvous, 52 S. Second St. (tel. 901/523-2746), which stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Best Brunch: Sunday brunch at The Peabody Memphis hotel is an elegant affair, held at the Skyway on the roof level of the hotel between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m..

Best Barbecue: When in Memphis, you have to eat as much barbecue as you can get your hands (and mouth) on. Corky's Bar-B-Q, 5259 Poplar Ave. (tel. 901/685-9744), makes it easy with a drive-up window.

For a complete listing of Frommer's-reviewed restaurants, visit our online dining index.

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