MemphisUnited States of America

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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

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Downtown Memphis

4/5Very Good!(1,682 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.
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East Memphis

4/5Very Good!(192 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!!!
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Midtown

4/5Very Good!(176 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.
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Whitehaven

3.5/5Good!(1,233 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
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South Memphis

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

South Memphis
Great spot for a shot of the bridge to Arkansas. Sunset shot made in late January.
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Uptown

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

Uptown

Top Hotels in Memphis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Guest House at Graceland
The Guest House at Graceland
4 out of 5
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN
¥14,842
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (4,059 reviews)

"The hotel is very nice. Staff was very friendly also."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

The Guest House at Graceland
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown
2.5 out of 5
310 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
¥11,668
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park and FedEx Forum. Beale Street and Orpheum Theatre are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,294 reviews)

"Staff was very courtesy and professional; front desk, breakfast staff and housekeeping."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland
2.5 out of 5
2979 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN
¥7,094
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Graceland and within 6 mi (10 km) of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. ...

3.9/5Good! (1,637 reviews)

"Would like to see a restaurant, inside pool, a little shopping store. Don't have enough things to buy as far as things to eat or drink"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland

Popular things to do in Memphis

Graceland
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Graceland

4.5/5(1,376 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 romantic area.

Beale Street
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Beale Street

4/5(1,932 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(473 reviews)

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

Memphis Zoo
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Memphis Zoo

4.5/5(438 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 acclaimed theater scene.

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis

4/5(381 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Memphis, a well-known college in Memphis. Make time to visit the area's shops, 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(883 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 acclaimed theater scene.

Top activities in Memphis

Sun Studio Tour
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Sun Studio Tour

¥1,542

Delve into more than 50 years of fascinating history on your guided tour of Sun Studio. Step back in time to when legends like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded albums that made their mark on the history of music.

Guided Memphis City Tour
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Guided Memphis City Tour

¥3,304

Learn all about Memphis on a comprehensive and informative tour led by a local guide. Your host takes you past iconic sites like the massive Memphis Pyramid, luxurious Peabody Hotel, and inimitable Graceland—the former home of Elvis Presley.

Memphis Musical Mojo Tour
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Memphis Musical Mojo Tour

¥3,626

The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities.

Discover Memphis Tour
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Discover Memphis Tour

¥4,835

Get the complete Memphis experience on this all-inclusive 3-hour tour. It’s a part history tour, part attraction hopping, part food tour that will introduce you to everything that makes Memphis special.

Historic Memphis Walking Tour
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Historic Memphis Walking Tour

¥2,753

Memphis is both a gracious old Southern city of riverboats and cotton money, and a rowdy river town of roughnecks, gangsters and gamblers. Your guide will unfold the city’s turbulent history and some of the characters who have made it one of the world’s most unique and colorful places.

Memphis Hop On and Hop Off Tour
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Memphis Hop On and Hop Off Tour

¥3,296

Hop On. Tune In. Rock Out. Get on our air conditioned bus and take in Memphis’ unique and vibrant culture. From the Jungle Room Graceland to jungle feel at Bass Pro, soulful bass lines at STAX to base line drives at AutoZone Park, the Memphis HOP introduces you to the best in Memphis cultural attractions.

Reviews of Memphis

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

We only had two days and one of them was spent at Graceland. Which was a wonderful experience. Advise bring a magic marker so you can write name on the wall. I would like to go back to see more when it was a little warmer. Beale Street was quite2/13

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 14, 2020

I was raised in Memphis and left 35yrs ago. I don’t miss it!

4/5 - Good

AJ

Feb 13, 2020

Lots of things to do.

3/5 - Okay

Ron

Feb 12, 2020

Didn't stay in Memphis to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

wes

Feb 11, 2020

Went to Beale Street. Seemed dead but it was raining

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Nice town with interesting history

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