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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.

Spanning several city blocks in the heart of downtown Memphis, Beale Street is a hub of music, entertainment and history. Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Elvis Presley and Johny Cash all played here at various times, helping to develop the musical style known as the “Memphis Blues.” Today Beale Street is packed with nightclubs, concert venues, restaurants and galleries, making it a great place to wander.

Explore decades of music history at the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum. Commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, this exhibition showcases stories of the artists that influenced the blues movement.

Grab a meal and a drink at the Hard Rock Café. The site was once a recording studio for emerging musicians but today it serves as a time capsule of the rock ‘n' roll movement. Even if you don’t make it to Graceland, the restaurant’s top floor is filled with Elvis paraphernalia that will give you a glimpse into the life and career of The King.

Save room in your suitcase for souvenirs from A. Schwab Dry Goods Store. Since 1876, the shop has been a focal point in the neighborhood and is Beale Street’s oldest store. Browse the shelves for everything from trinkets to household goods. Afterward, head to nearby Dyer’s Burger, one of Memphis’s most famous restaurants since it was founded in 1912.

Beale Street also has a thriving contemporary music scene. Visit some of the small clubs which showcase unsigned artists or watch one of your favorite current artists perform in an intimate venue.

Walk along the length of Beale Street to take in the neon lights, historic landmarks and modern clubs. The iconic strip ends at Tom Lee Park. Located on the banks of the Mississippi, the park is an ideal place to finish your exploration of the area. Every May, the park hosts the Beale Street Music Festival, an event that showcases both world-renowned artists and emerging talent.

Beale Street is one of Memphis’s most-visited tourist attractions. It also serves as the gateway to other destinations around the city. The Peabody, Memphis Botanical Garden and Graceland are all within a 20-minute drive.

Popular Activities at Beale Street

Ensure you have plenty of time at Beale Street. Below are some of the most popular things to do:

Taken you forever to experience this fantastic attraction? Then you mustn't leave without trying out a Memphis Ghost Tour.

If you're seeking even more options, check out our Memphis things to do page.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown $124
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown

DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown

185 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 10 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street $166
    Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

    Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

    175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Handy Park, Beale Street, and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown $149
      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown

      La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown

      310 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park and FedEx Forum. Sun Studio and Beale Street are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 24 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown $135
        Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown

        Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown

        22 N B.B. King Blvd, Memphis, TN
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Court Square, Fire Museum of Memphis, and Beale Street. FedEx Forum and Orpheum Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          Hu. Hotel $159
          Hu. Hotel

          Hu. Hotel

          79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Court Square, Fire Museum of Memphis, and Orpheum Theatre. Beale Street and Memphis Cook Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis $75
            Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis

            Vista Inn & Suites -Downtown- Memphis

            265 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Memphis, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown TN $143
              Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown TN

              Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown TN

              201 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum, and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Fire Museum of Memphis are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

                Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis $127
                Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis

                Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis

                160 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of AutoZone Park and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Beale Street and Gibson Guitar Museum are also within 10 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 18 minutes by foot.