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    Two Memphis Attractions are Nominees on USA Today Travel as Best Iconic American Attractions

     

    What says "America" most?  A few attractions across this great country are both unmistakable and totally memorable, places like the U.S. Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon.  We pulled together an expert of very well-traveled editors and contributors for 10Best, and asked them which ones have become iconic US landmarks.  You can vote once a day until NOON on SEPT 9. 
     

    Here are two Memphis picks:
     

    National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis, TN

    Best Iconic American Attractions nominee
    Part sacred ground, and part in-your-face challenge to your personal concept of equality, the museum’s focal point is the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in April 1968. Vivid exhibits chronicle the assassination of King and the hunt for his killer, explore the faces and places that defined the American civil rights movement and examine the continuing fight around the world for universal equality.

     

    Graceland - Memphis, TN

    Best Iconic American Attractions nominee
    The name is synonymous with Memphis and with rock 'n' roll. But for the shy young man who bought this house to give his family privacy in the wake of his meteoric rise to stardom, Graceland was only one thing: home. From the moment one steps on the 13-acre estate, it’s obvious that Graceland equaled love and sanctuary for Elvis. 600,000-plus people visit Graceland annually – only the White House draws more visitors.