Explore Memphis: its live music, entertainment, theater, and more!

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.

Known for

Live Music, Entertainment and Dancing

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Where to stay in Memphis

Downtown Memphis
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Downtown Memphis

Live Music, Entertainment, Dancing

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 Sun Studio or Fire Museum of Memphis while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Memphis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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OYO Townhouse Memphis Northeast
2.5 out of 5
6101 Shelby Oaks Dr., Memphis, TN
¥4,101
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3/5 (233 reviews)

Located in the heart of Memphis, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wolfchase Galleria, University of Memphis, and Rhodes College. Children's Museum of Memphis ...

3/5 (233 reviews)

"The hotel was very nice for the price i paid. Also we enjoyed the indoor pool and close dining."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

OYO Townhouse Memphis Northeast
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The Guest House at Graceland
4 out of 5
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN
¥18,630
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,705 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Graceland and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. Stax Museum of American Soul ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,705 reviews)

"All staff was so kind and welcoming. Food was great! I would recommend this hotel to all!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

The Guest House at Graceland
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Cedar Inn and Suite
2.5 out of 5
6010 Macon Cove Rd, Memphis, TN
¥4,400
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3.4/5Good! (465 reviews)

Situated in Memphis, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Golf and Games Family Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wolfchase Galleria and Shelby Farms Visitor Center. ...

3.4/5Good! (465 reviews)

"I like the parking and my room was very nice and the bed was great too I really enjoy my stay and I’m going to stay here every time I come to Memphis and tell family and friends I about my stay"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Cedar Inn and Suite

Popular things to do in Memphis

Orpheum Theatre
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Orpheum Theatre

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.

Beale Street
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Beale Street

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.

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis

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
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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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.

Tom Lee Park
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Tom Lee Park

This waterfront park on the edge of downtown Memphis offers paved walking paths, a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views.

AutoZone Park
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AutoZone Park

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.

Top activities in Memphis

Sun Studio Tour
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Sun Studio Tour

¥1,499

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.

Transportation and Elvis Experience Graceland Tour
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Transportation and Elvis Experience Graceland Tour

¥8,349

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.

Guided Memphis City Tour
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Guided Memphis City Tour

¥3,211

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.

Discover Memphis Tour
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Discover Memphis Tour

¥4,678

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.

Transportation with Skip-the-Line: VIP Graceland Tour
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Transportation with Skip-the-Line: VIP Graceland Tour

¥12,845

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.

Memphis Musical Mojo Tour
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Memphis Musical Mojo Tour

¥3,509

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.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Memphis

Food for the soul in Memphis
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Food for the soul in Memphis

Sampling the best of the new Memphis cuisine

Memphis, his way and her way
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Memphis, his way and her way

Experiencing the wonders of Memphis, his way and her way

Soulful stops
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Soulful stops

Feeling the rhythm of rock 'n' roll in Memphis

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