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The Best Day Trips from Memphis

Memphis is just a short drive from some of Tennessee’s most fascinating historic sites, including a military park where one of the first battles of the Civil War took place. Also nearby are attractions as varied as a lake, a safari park, a science museum, and the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame, all of which make for an ideal day trip from the Bluff City.
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830 Everett Blvd, Union City, TN 38261, USA
You wouldn’t expect to find a world-class museum and science center in the small town of Union City, Tennessee, but that’s exactly what you’ll encounter at the Discovery Park of America. Opened in 2013, this expansive museum...
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2595 TN-21, Tiptonville, TN 38079, USA
Tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, Reelfoot is the only natural lake in Tennessee. However, the body of water was formed in a quite unnatural way, when the great New Madrid Earthquake of 1812 caused the Mississippi River to flow...
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618 Conley Rd, Alamo, TN 38001, USA
A major tourist attraction, Tennessee Safari Park sits on a former cotton and cattle farm in rural Crockett County. Open year-round, the drive-through animal park boasts more than 80 species of exotic animals, ranging from zebras, giraffes, and...
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495 Main St, Savannah, TN 38372, USA
At the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah, visitors can learn about the surrounding area’s archaeological and paleontological history as well as its role in the settlement of the region and the growth of West Tennessee. Located in the old...
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Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, TN 38376, USA
The Shiloh National Military Park commemorates the site of one of the first decisive conflicts of the Western Theater of the Civil War. In 1862, more than 100,000 troops met here for two days of furious fighting, which concluded in almost 25,000...
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La Grange, TN, USA
A paddler’s dream, the Wolf River runs for more than 100 miles from northern Mississippi to just north of Memphis. The entire stretch is incredibly scenic, but the eight-mile leg from LaGrange to the Bateman Road Bridge, dubbed the Ghost...