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MemphisUnited States of America

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.

Memphis Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Memphis

Beale Street showing nightlife, street scenes and a city

Downtown Memphis

4/5Very Good!(1,782 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!(216 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!(190 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!(1,285 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 Stax Museum of American Soul Music or Mason Temple.

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 Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Cannon Center for Performing Arts while in the area.

Uptown

Top Hotels in Memphis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
2.5 out of 5
175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
Free Cancellation
The price is $144 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Handy Park, Beale Street, and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and AutoZone Park are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (957 reviews)

"It was a very clean and comfortable room. The only problem we had was at checking. The hotel did not have our Expedia reservation. It was taken care of quickly though."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street
The Central Station Memphis, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Central Station Memphis, Curio Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
545 South Main, Memphis, TN
The price is $115 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Located in South Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Railroad & Trolley Museum, National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (102 reviews)

"We had a great stay! The room was very clean! The staff was very friendly and accommodating! We couldn’t have asked for a better time!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

The Central Station Memphis, Curio Collection by Hilton
Big Cypress Lodge
Big Cypress Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN
The price is $210 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Downtown Memphis, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Orpheum Theatre, and Beale Street. Sun Studio and Memphis ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,072 reviews)

"The bad super comfy and the bathroom was great! We had a room overlooking the trout as well, so my husband loved that!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Big Cypress Lodge

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.

Popular places to visit in Memphis

Graceland
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Graceland

4.5/5(1,408 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 great live music in this romantic area.

Beale Street
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Beale Street

4/5(1,985 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(502 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(450 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 fascinating museums.

University of Memphis
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University of Memphis

4/5(391 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Memphis, a well-known 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

4.5/5(914 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 things to do in Memphis

Sun Studio Tour
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Sun Studio Tour

$14
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Memphis Musical Mojo Tour
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Memphis Musical Mojo Tour

$33
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Discover Memphis Tour with Admission to Rock 'n' Soul Museum
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Discover Memphis Tour with Admission to Rock 'n' Soul Museum

$44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Guided Memphis City Tour with Transportation
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Guided Memphis City Tour with Transportation

$30
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Memphis Ghost Walking Tour
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Memphis Ghost Walking Tour

$20
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation

$101
Per adult

Reviews of Memphis

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5/5 - Excellent

Jennifer

Jun 6, 2020

The young lady that check me in was very nice and had a good attitude along with the young man that was behind the desk with her. They made me feel very welcome and checked me in early i didnt have to wait. Great customer service.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Nice hotel. Great location but near the express way and you can hear the traffic. Not super loud but you can hear the traffic. Like the big trucks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Was just an overnight stop into Gatlinburg for us and we wanted to see Graceland

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Loved the city

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I do not recommend this place at all!!! STAY AWAY!!

2/5 - Disappointing

AegonTargaryen

Jun 2, 2020

Unsafe. Choose the right area to be in.

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