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MemphisUnited States of America

Visit the home of the blues movement, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the place where Elvis Presley spent much of his career. 

A diverse mix of history, food and music makes Memphis Tennessee’s most popular city. Visit the place where many iconic musicians got their start, learn about the career of Elvis Presley and view the site of Martin Luther King's assassination.

Many visitors to Memphis head straight to the iconic Sun Studio, known as the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” This is where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison all recorded their first albums. Take the hour-long tour which guides you through decades of music history.

For more musical history, take the studio’s free shuttle to Graceland Mansion, once the home of Elvis Presley. Take the self-guided audio tour that takes you through each room. Learn the history behind much of the memorabilia that commemorates The King’s prolific music and acting career.

Beale Street, known as the “Home of the Blues Movement”, is where many artists such as B.B. King, Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters were discovered. Today, live music spills out of the area’s many nightclubs and bars, making it a great place to explore. Learn more about the city’s blues scene at the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum or enjoy a meal surrounded by music memorabilia at the Hard Rock Café.

Head to the South Main Arts District and stop by the National Civil Rights Museum. The site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, this museum tells the story of the civil rights movement through a series of interactive exhibits. Afterward, browse through the neighborhood’s vintage stores and galleries.

Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon along the banks of the Mississippi River at Tom Lee Park. Every spring, the park hosts Memphis in May, a monthlong event that includes The Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. The park also provides an ideal vantage point to admire the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge and Hernando de Soto Bridge. These historic structures stretch across the Mississippi, linking Tennessee and Arkansas.

Memphis is tucked into the southwestern corner of Tennessee. You can fly in to Memphis International Airport and hire a car there. If you prefer public transport, take a shuttle bus to downtown and use the local buses or the trolley to discover all this city has to offer.

Where to stay in Memphis

Beale Street showing nightlife, street scenes and a city

Downtown Memphis

4/5Very Good!(1,782 area reviews)

Downtown Memphis is a destination visitors seek out for is abundant dining options, interesting museums, and live music. You might want to check out attractions like FedEx Forum or Beale Street while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Memphis
The Pink Palace Musuem and Planetarium located in Memphis, Tenn. It was originally owned by Clarence Saunders the owner of the Piggly Wiggly. He started construction on the home in 1922 but later sold it to the City of Memphis. The museum contains many exhibits detailing the history of Memphis.

East Memphis

4/5Very Good!(216 area reviews)

East Memphis is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Pink Palace Museum and Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

East Memphis
Ok, I’ve had BBQ from all the hot spots in the USA. Texas, North Carolina, a close second was Springfield , MO but this place topped them all. Central BBQ in Memphis, TN. The wait is usually out the door but it’s well worth it! I had to showcase it here if you’re visiting Memphis. It’s worth a taste. It’s my favorite!!!

Midtown

4/5Very Good!(190 area reviews)

Theaters, live music, and museums are just a few things travelers enjoy about Midtown. Check out Memphis Zoo or Minglewood Hall while you're exploring the area.

Midtown
Elvis's 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood. Elvis first used this car for touring, then gave the car to his mother.

Whitehaven

3.5/5Good!(1,285 area reviews)

The ample dining options and great live music are top of the list for many visitors to Whitehaven. A stop by Graceland or Full Gospel Tabernacle Church might round out your trip.

Whitehaven
Stax Museum of American Soul Music - such an interesting tour! If you love soul music like I do, you should really check it out!  Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/1WHZLFP

South Memphis

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in South Memphis. You might want to make time for a stop at Stax Museum of American Soul Music or Mason Temple.

South Memphis
Spectacular sunset from the top of Bass Pro.

Uptown

Uptown is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Cannon Center for Performing Arts while in the area.

Uptown

Top Hotels in Memphis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
2.5 out of 5
175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
The price is ¥16,019 per night

Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Handy Park, Beale Street, and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and AutoZone Park are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,009 reviews)

"My stay was great the staff was wonderful I loved it will come back."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
Hyatt Place Memphis/Germantown
Hyatt Place Memphis/Germantown
3 out of 5
9161 Winchester Rd, Germantown, TN
The price is ¥9,046 per night

Located in Lakes of Forest Hill, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Mike Rose Soccer Complex, and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (949 reviews)

"Property was spacious and clean! Employees at the front desk were nice and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Memphis/Germantown
Big Cypress Lodge
Big Cypress Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN
The price is ¥22,577 per night

Located in Downtown Memphis, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Orpheum Theatre, and Beale Street. Sun Studio and Stax ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,106 reviews)

"We had an interior room which was really unique. It was clean and it was nice to have a balcony. Note- the bed was a featherbed so not sure if there is a way to request that they change this ahead of your stay if you have allergies. We visited during Covid so the restaurant at the top was closed ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Big Cypress Lodge

Popular places to visit in Memphis

Graceland
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Graceland

4.5/5(1,408 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Memphis during your trip to a top site like Graceland. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Beale Street
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Beale Street

4/5(1,985 reviews)

With iconic landmarks, historic buildings and live music venues, Beale Street, "the Home of the Blues" is Memphis as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

FedEx Forum
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FedEx Forum

4.5/5(502 reviews)

Catch an event at FedEx Forum during your trip to Memphis. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed theater scene.

Memphis Zoo
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Memphis Zoo

4.5/5(450 reviews)

Why not visit the animals who live at Memphis Zoo and see why this is a favorite sight in Memphis? Stroll along the area's riverfront or experience its great live music.

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis

4/5(391 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Memphis, a well-known college in Memphis. Make time to visit the area's well-known zoo, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

4.5/5(914 reviews)

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a popular museum in Memphis with a rich history. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its fascinating museums.

Top things to do in Memphis

Sun Studio Tour
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Sun Studio Tour

¥1,503
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Guided Memphis City Tour with Transportation
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Guided Memphis City Tour with Transportation

¥3,220
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Historic Memphis Walking Tour
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Historic Memphis Walking Tour

¥2,683
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Discover Memphis Tour with Admission to Rock 'n' Soul Museum
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Discover Memphis Tour with Admission to Rock 'n' Soul Museum

¥4,711
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Admission to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
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Admission to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

¥1,288
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Memphis Hop On and Hop Off Tour
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Memphis Hop On and Hop Off Tour

¥3,420
Per adult

Reviews of Memphis

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1 - Terrible 1.8385460693153002%

5/5 - Excellent

Jennifer

Jun 6, 2020

The young lady that check me in was very nice and had a good attitude along with the young man that was behind the desk with her. They made me feel very welcome and checked me in early i didnt have to wait. Great customer service.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Nice hotel. Great location but near the express way and you can hear the traffic. Not super loud but you can hear the traffic. Like the big trucks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Was just an overnight stop into Gatlinburg for us and we wanted to see Graceland

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Loved the city

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I do not recommend this place at all!!! STAY AWAY!!

2/5 - Disappointing

AegonTargaryen

Jun 2, 2020

Unsafe. Choose the right area to be in.

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