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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!(1,741 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!(205 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!(184 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!(1,269 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 Mason Temple or Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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 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
¥13,730
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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! (4,260 reviews)

"During my visit to the hotel, unfortunately the coronavirus situation was in full effect. Therefore all the restaurants and bars on the property were closed so I was unable to experience them. But it is a very nice property. I will return in the future under better circumstances."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 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
¥13,924
per night
Apr 2 - Apr 3

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! (1,356 reviews)

"Standard you would expect of a budget chain but surprisingly good location and parking"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 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
¥7,772
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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! (1,698 reviews)

"Great property would stay again soon love memphis staff was nice clean rooms and comfortable beds"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 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(1,403 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 entertainment choices in this romantic area.

Beale Street
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Beale Street

4/5(1,976 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(496 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(447 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(387 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(909 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

96% of travellers recommend
¥1,556
Per adult
Guided Memphis City Tour
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Guided Memphis City Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥3,334
Per adult
Memphis Musical Mojo Tour
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Memphis Musical Mojo Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥3,659
Per adult
Discover Memphis Tour
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Discover Memphis Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥4,879
Per adult
Historic Memphis Walking Tour
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Historic Memphis Walking Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥2,779
Per adult
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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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

I love Memphis because it is Elvis Presley's city...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

I love Memphis! Lived there many years, but if you are visiting be aware that it is a dangerous city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 we couldnt get out like we wanted to but the part of Memphis we were in is beautiful with plenty to do normally

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Would love place to share photos. Photos of constant puddle in middle of master bedroom floor. Photos of broken ceiling light fixture without any bulbs.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Visit Graceland. Beale Street is a DO NOT MISS. if you value the blues, take the time to experience Beale St. There are some terrific musicians you've never heard of. I say again, take the time to "experience" it. I loved it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

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