Memphis, TN

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A mecca for music lovers and the barbecue-obsessed, this soulful Southern city manages to preserve tradition while maintaining a forward-looking spirit.

Memphis is a city forever associated with music. Elvis fans flock here to see the King’s over-the-top mansion, and the recording studio where he, together with the likes of Johnny Cash and B.B. King, all made music. When you’re not paying homage to Memphis’ musical greats, visit the city’s historic sites, explore top-notch museums and feast on succulent smoked meats.

Start your musical pilgrimage at Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. Examine his record collection, view the animal print and plant-dotted Jungle Room and pay your respects at his grave, which is located on the grounds. Music fans can also peek inside the venerable Sun Studio, where the likes of Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others all recorded their tracks. Browse the exhibits at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Educate yourself on Memphis’s history at a range of key locations. Top of any traveler’s list should be the National Civil Rights Museum, which is housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Also worth a look is the family-friendly Pink Palace Museum, where exhibits are devoted to history, culture and science. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum educates visitors on life in the pre-Civil War South.

For kids, Memphis offers a couple of superb animal-oriented attractions. Bring little ones to see the fountain-splashing ducks at the famous Peabody Hotel and the giant pandas at the Memphis Zoo. For adults hoping to experience the city’s legendary nightlife, take a stroll down the bar and blues club-lined Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

Memphis is located near the Mississippi River on the southwestern border of Tennessee. To get to Memphis, fly into Memphis International Airport. Use the trolley and public buses to navigate Downtown and Midtown. If you plan on exploring outside these neighborhoods, it’s advisable to rent a car. Plan your visit for spring or fall when the weather is warm but has yet to reach the sizzling summer highs of July and August.

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Where to stay in Memphis

Radisson Hotel West Memphis
Radisson Hotel West Memphis
3 out of 5
2007 S. Service Road, 2007, West Memphis, AR
The price is $92 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mississippi River and Southland Casino & Gaming. Baptist Memorial Hospital Crittenden ...
4.1/5Very Good! (143 reviews)
"My family and I had a great experience at this hotel : )"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Radisson Hotel West Memphis
Radisson Hotel Memphis - University
Radisson Hotel Memphis - University
3.5 out of 5
2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Memphis, TN
The price is $97 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Theatre Memphis and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Memphis and Dixon Gallery and Gardens. ...
3.6/5Good! (963 reviews)
"Location and easy access to other venues. Dining options limited."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Radisson Hotel Memphis - University
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
4 out of 5
5069 Sanderlin Ave, Memphis, TN
The price is $124 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in East Memphis, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre Memphis, Memphis Botanic Gardens- Hardin Hall, and Audubon Park. Dixon Gallery and Gardens ...
4/5Very Good! (956 reviews)
"Appears to be in a safe area of Memphis"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Memphis Wolfchase Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton Memphis Wolfchase Galleria
3 out of 5
2809 NEW BRUNSWICK, Memphis, TN
The price is $110 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Wolfchase, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Wolfchase Galleria and within 3 mi (5 km) of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Davies Manor Plantation. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (135 reviews)
"Very clean and nice"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Memphis Wolfchase Galleria
Homewood Suites by Hilton Southaven
Homewood Suites by Hilton Southaven
3 out of 5
135 Homewood Dr, Southaven, MS
The price is $137 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in the heart of Southaven, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Southaven Towne Center, Semmes-Murphey Clinic, and Baptist Memorial Hospital. Baptist ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (452 reviews)
"I loved my experience and the staff was friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Southaven
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
3 out of 5
6141 Poplar Pike, Memphis, TN
Located in White Station, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Audubon Park, University of Memphis, and Rhodes College. Memphis Zoo and Bellevue Baptist ...
4.3/5Excellent! (876 reviews)
"I like that it is clean and bathroom condition is very good. Only problem was our units have a lot of fruit flies"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
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Getting around Memphis

If, like many others, you’re visiting Memphis on a musical pilgrimage, the Sun Studio Shuttle offers a free and convenient way to get between three of the city’s best-loved attractions: Sun Studio, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Graceland, the legendary home of Elvis Presley. Much of downtown is walkable. Memphis is also great for cycling; pick up bikes at stations across the city. Visit the Memphis Area Transport Authority website.Browse Memphis rental cars.

Best time to visit

With hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters, the weather in Memphis can be unforgiving, and you’ll find things much more manageable if you visit in the spring or fall. These times are also cheaper, outside the peak school summer vacation, and there are some great festivals. The annual Memphis in May International Festival, for example, celebrates blues, barbecue and all things Memphis.

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