Side Trips from Memphis

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The flatness of the northern tip of the Mississippi Delta is a sharp contrast to East Tennessee's mountains. Cotton and soybeans thrive in the rich dirt of West Tennessee, particularly around Henning, the hometown of Alex Haley, author of Roots. Those who love the great outdoors will want to make the two-hour trip north to Tiptonville's Reelfoot Lake, and points east of Memphis, such as Jackson and Shiloh National Military Park, will suit the Civil War buff.

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