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.
Live Music, Entertainment and Dancing
Orpheum Theatre is a popular theater with a rich history in Memphis. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.
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.
Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to University of Memphis, a top 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 is a popular museum in Memphis with a story of its own. Experience the area's acclaimed theater scene and great live music.
This waterfront park on the edge of downtown Memphis offers paved walking paths, a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views.
Catch an event at AutoZone Park during your trip to Memphis. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.
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.
Step into the glamorous world of Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion. Walk around these hallowed halls with a guide to answer any questions you may have about The King. After paying your respects at his memorial, visit the Sincerely Elvis Museum and check out his impressive vehicle collection.
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.
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.
Walk through gilded halls of Graceland and feel what it was like to be The King. Skip the line to wander through elaborately decorated rooms, stop at the Sincerely Elvis Museum, and see his customized jet, Lisa Marie.
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.