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Memphis, TN
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Memphis

Top Hotels in Memphis

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
3.5 out of 5
5069 Sanderlin Ave, Memphis, TN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,899 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in East Memphis, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre Memphis, Memphis Botanic Gardens- Hardin Hall, and Audubon Park. Dixon Gallery and Gardens ...

4/5Very Good! (923 reviews)

"Only one door opens to the building which is crazy when the parking lot is packed. Hot water was brown sometimes. Or than that a decent place at a decent price"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
Big Cypress Lodge
Big Cypress Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN
The price is ¥22,380 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,119 reviews)

"Rustic atmosphere was great. The room was very comfortable. Staff was helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Big Cypress Lodge
The Guest House at Graceland
The Guest House at Graceland
4 out of 5
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,536 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Graceland and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. Stax Museum of American Soul ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,940 reviews)

"Beautiful, clean hotel, friendly staff. Shuttle to Graceland. Secure parking."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

The Guest House at Graceland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Memphis

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
3 out of 5
7191 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Southaven, MS
The price is ¥12,149 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in Southaven, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Semmes-Murphey Clinic and Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Baptist Memorial Hospital and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (206 reviews)

"Very nice hotel but it was very loud t night time."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
3 out of 5
6141 Poplar Pike, Memphis, TN
The price is ¥10,124 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in White Station, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Audubon Park, University of Memphis, and Rhodes College. Memphis Zoo and Bellevue Baptist ...

4.3/5Excellent! (833 reviews)

"The room was very clean and spacious!! I absolutely loved it and will book again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
3 out of 5
1070 Ridge Lake Blvd, Memphis, TN
The price is ¥8,676 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Located in White Station, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lichterman Nature Center, Baptist Restorative Care Hospital, and Baptist Memorial Medical ...

4.4/5Excellent! (601 reviews)

"Our stay was very pleasant. The kitchenette area was a surprise and would have been very useful if we had been there longer than just one night. The bed was comfortable, the shower was great."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Memphis

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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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