Best Things to do In Memphis, Tennessee

Best Things to do In Memphis, Tennessee

Best Things to do In Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee, is a city that truly embodies the soul of the Deep South. With a rich cultural history, Memphis is known as the birthplace of blues and rock n’ roll and has been home to some of the most iconic musicians of all time. From experiencing the music scene to exploring historic landmarks, here are some of the best things to do in Memphis:
Memphis, Tennessee, riverside trees and glass pyramid

Visit Graceland

No visit to Memphis would be complete without visiting Graceland. The former home of Elvis Presley is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Memphis. Visitors can tour the mansion, the grounds, and the extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia.
Graceland, Memphis

Beale Street

Beale Street is another must-visit destination in Memphis. This iconic street has a fascinating past and is the heart of the city’s music scene. Visitors can listen to live music, visit historic clubs and bars, and soak up the lively atmosphere.
Beale Street, Memphis

Nacional Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This museum tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement in America and is a powerful reminder of the struggle for equality and justice.

Visit the Arcade Diner and step back in time.

The Arcade Restaurant is the oldest in Memphis and is listed on the Register of Historical Places. It has enjoyed patronage from the like of Elvis Presley, whose booth looks exactly as it did back in his day. Famed for its family-style meals and situated right across the street from what used to be the Central Train Station – now converted into the Central Hotel.

Sun Studios

Sun Studios, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is a historic recording studio known as the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” Founded in 1950 by Sam Phillips, it was the recording site of famous musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction and museum.
Sun Studios, Memphis

Memphis is one of the most musical cities in America, and you’re sure to find many attractions revolving around the cities’ tunes. If you’re a music lover, the Deep South is the place to be! Read about our Top 10 cities for Music Lovers or have a look at our Music Holidays offers.

Hop on a riverboat

Take a riverboat cruise to see Memphis from a different perspective. The city sits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, and a riverboat cruise is a great way to explore the city’s history and landmarks.

Music Museums

Both the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music offer unique insights into the musical heritage of Memphis and are must-visit attractions for music fans and history buffs alike. These museums tell the story of Memphis’ musical roots, including rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and soul music.

Botanic Garden

Finally, the Memphis Botanic Garden is a beautiful and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. With 96 acres of gardens and trails to explore, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

While Memphis has plenty to offer, there’s more to Tennessee than just this city. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a stunning natural wonder, with breathtaking views and opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife watching. And for a different taste of city life, Nashville is a vibrant destination with a rich music scene, great food, and plenty of cultural attractions.

We often recommend renting a car and driving between cities to explore this great state! The ride from Memphis to Nashville takes about 3 hours and is certainly worth it!

No matter what your interests are, Tennessee has something to offer. So take your time, explore the state, and soak up the unique culture and hospitality of the Deep South.

By Claire Somers

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: Nashville

I first visited ‘Music City’ Nashville 15 years ago and having been back a few times over the last couple of years I cannot believe how much it has changed! I love all the music history to be found in Nashville, the lively nightlife and the historical sites. There is lots of new development in Nashville as it is a real up and coming destination but all the development harks back to the city’s history with lots of speakeasy bars and honky tonks to keep the original look and feel of the city.