Downtown Memphis awaits: its live music, entertainment, museums, and more!

Gourmet restaurants, live music, and top sights from Sun Studio to Fire Museum of Memphis—discover Downtown Memphis, a historic destination.

Top Hotels in Downtown Memphis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motel 6 Memphis Downtown
Motel 6 Memphis Downtown
2 out of 5
210 S Pauline St, Memphis, TN
$49
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Located in Downtown Memphis, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and Sun Studio. FedEx Forum and Beale Street are also ...

3.2/5 (671 reviews)

"Room was very good, recently renovated and and painted. The bed was comfortable and firm. It was better than I’d expected based on the reviews. It was good value for your money"…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Motel 6 Memphis Downtown
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
$125
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

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. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,160 reviews)

"I truly appreciated its proximity to Beale Street and other iconic Memphis attractions. The hotel was very nice and clean. I detest feather pillows and didn’t sleep well because of them but when I asked for the alternative option for a pillow they gave them to me immediately and I got a much better ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Downtown
Big Cypress Lodge
Big Cypress Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN
$205
per night
Nov 21 - Nov 22

Located in Downtown Memphis, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Memphis Pyramid, Orpheum Theatre, and Beale Street. Sun Studio and Memphis Zoo are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,175 reviews)

"Beautiful Lodge type experience but located in major city."…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Big Cypress Lodge
Hu. Hotel
Hu. Hotel
4 out of 5
79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN
$127
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (225 reviews)

"Everything was satisfactory. Valet service was important due to location downtown and was a pleasant experience."…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Hu. Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
185 Union Ave, Memphis, TN
$103
per night
Nov 27 - Nov 28

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,062 reviews)

"Everything was great! Comfy bed & friendly service"…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
2.5 out of 5
175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
$139
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,480 reviews)

"Great location and good breakfast staff friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

Popular things to do in Downtown Memphis

Orpheum Theatre
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Orpheum Theatre

4/5(356 reviews)

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

4/5(1,799 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.

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
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National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

4.5/5(798 reviews)

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a popular museum in Memphis with a story of its own. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.

Tom Lee Park
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Tom Lee Park

4.5/5(140 reviews)

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

4.5/5(72 reviews)

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.

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis

4/5(351 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Downtown Memphis

Sun Studio Tour
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Sun Studio Tour

$14

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.

Memphis Musical Mojo Tour
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Memphis Musical Mojo Tour

$33

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

$44

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.

Guided Memphis City Tour
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Guided Memphis City Tour

$30

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.

Historic Memphis Walking Tour
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Historic Memphis Walking Tour

$25

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.

Elvis Presley Birthplace Park in Tupelo with Transport from Memphis
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Elvis Presley Birthplace Park in Tupelo with Transport from Memphis

$195

Get an early morning start with pickup from your accommodation in Memphis and relax during the 1.5-hour drive across the Tennessee border into Mississippi. On arrival in Tupelo, hop off the coach to see the modest two-room house built by Elvis' father, where The King was born and raised.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Downtown Memphis

Memphis Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
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Memphis Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Our Memphis blog will arm you with the top attractions to visit while you’re in town.

5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes
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5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes

Celebrate America’s origins in some of the historic cities its names come from

Soulful stops
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Soulful stops

Feeling the rhythm of rock 'n' roll in Memphis

Other neighborhoods in Memphis

Medical District
Famous Sun Studio.
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Medical District

If you're spending some time in Medical District, Sun Studio and Hunt-Phelan Home are top sights worth seeing.

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

Known for Churches, Cathedrals, Historical Buildings

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.

South Main Historic District
Memphis is a cool place to visit. The train station is in the area where Mystery Train was filmed.  The Arcade restaurant is across the street.  Famous because it was in the movie and mostly because that is where Elvis used to eat.
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South Main Historic District

4/5(1 review)

South Main Historic District might not have many top sights, but Orpheum Theatre and Beale Street are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Harbor Town
Cappuccino, espresso, coffee this is the place to fuel up for the day
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Harbor Town

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Harbor Town might not have many top sights, but Memphis Pyramid and Fire Museum of Memphis are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Midtown
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

Known for Zoo, Theaters, Entertainment

4/5(162 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.

Vollintine-Evergreen
Authentic, Real, Raw Music that will shake your soul in a good way! They serve cold beers but hard booze is BYOB! #LikeALocal
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Vollintine-Evergreen

Though Vollintine-Evergreen might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Memphis Zoo and Overton Park.