Things to do in Memphis

Things to do in Memphis

Overlooking the Mississippi River, it is the largest city in Tennessee. One can see a fusion of the contemporary sleek new buildings, and Southern tradition old cotton warehouses.

Memphis can be a great destination for travelers the whole year through, but spring is the most ideal time to visit this extraordinary wonderland. Experience clear, blue skies, with temperatures just hovering in the 70's, and the streets filled with breathtaking colors with various flowers and trees in bloom. Summers can be hot and humid, while it can become chilly during the winter. The streets will be less crowded and the shops and restaurants less packed. If you enjoy a slow pace, this is a good time for you to visit. If you are willing to face unpredictable weather, then fall would be the best time for you. The streets will be more crowded in the winter, but less than during summers.

Thousands of Elvis' fans crowd the city for prayer vigils the week leading to his death anniversary on August 16. It is one of the city's most crowded and busiest times. Another popular tradition, the May Festival, also makes the city busy. It is a celebration of art, barbecue and Memphis music.

If you are just visiting Memphis, or moving in, make it worth your while, and don't miss some of the wonderful and historical attractions in the area.


If you're a fan of Elvis, you wouldn't miss visiting this mansion for the world. It is the home of the King of Rock, Elvis Presley. He bought it in 1957, and lived there for 20 years. It comes second to the White House as the most visited home in the US. Visitors are allowed to tour the mansion, and visit his grave, and take a look at the remnants of Elvis Presleys venerated existence.

Aside from the mansion itself, visitors can also enjoy other exhibits such as:

Elvis' Automobile Museum
It houses 22 vehicles that Elvis drove in his lifetime. Also in the museum is Highway 51, a drive-through theater featuring films of the King, that fans can enjoy watching.

Elvis' Custom Jets
Passing through a mock airport terminal, visitors can step aboard the Hounddog II and Lisa Marie which has both a living room and a private bedroom.

This features memorabilia showing Elvis' personal life, called Sincerely Elvis. Visitors are given a glimpse of what it was like for Elvis at the peak of his career. The exhibits change yearly, showing different times in his life.

Elvis after Dark Exhibit This is the newest exhibit at Graceland, showcasing Elvis' personal items, clothes, and photos that allow visitors to know what a typical night is like in the life of the King.

Sun Studio

There will be plenty of time to visit this historical landmark, since tours are given seven times everyday. Sun Recording Studio was home not only to Elvis Presley, but also other big names like Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Jerry Lewis to name a few. It is still a recording studio up to this day, and also a tourist attraction. Elvis recorded his first song in Sun Studio.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

It is one of the very few museums focused on soul music in the world. This 17,000 square foot museum showcases videos, classic musical instruments, stage costumes, photographs, records, and other memorabilia from past to present, that tell the story of American soul music.

Beale Street

Beale Street is voted as America's most iconic street. It is the most well-known street in Memphis, with more than 25 shops and clubs. Close to the river, Beale Street was originally used by merchants or traders to transport their goods along the Mississippi River. Enjoy authentic Memphis delicacy, or listen to live music, or shop for souvenirs. You can be sure to have a wonderful time--day or night-- in Beale Street.

The Peabody Ducks

One of Memphis' unique attractions, is the daily parade of ducks that would march into the fountain at the Peabody Hotel's grand lobby while a red carpet is rolled out and John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March is played in the background. This practice is reversed in the afternoon when the ducks return to their rooftop home. This has been a tradition since 1932.

A Steamboat Trip Down The Mississippi

The Mississippi River is the reason why Memphis became known as the River City. It is the second longest river in the US. The riverbank provides a perfect place for outdoor recreation and parks. Every day a stream of barges and ships travel up and down the river. You can take a paddlewheeler up and down the mighty Mississippi to see and learn about its history.

The Memphis Zoo

This has been one of Memphis' most popular attractions for a century. This 70-acre zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals including bears, giant pandas from China, lions, elephants. The lion roar at the beginning of MGM movies, from the lion Volney, was recorded from the zoo's Carnivora Building.

The Autozone Park

This is considered to be one of the finest ball parks in the country. It is the stadium for the Memphis Redbirds. It costs more than $80 million to build, and can hold 12,500 people. This is also where the annual Civil Rights Game is held.

The Pink Palace Museum

Catch a glimpse of Memphis' history at the Pink Palace Museum. A mansion built in pink Georgian marble, it was given to the city in 1920 to be used as a museum. Its extensive exhibits provide guests an educational and enlightening tour on the city's rich history. The Crew Training International IMAX Theater is the city's first, and shows various cultural films.

The Rendezvous

Memphis is famous for its mouth-watering, delicious barbecue. The Rendezvous is the most well-known barbecue restaurant in the city. The restaurant has been publicized in movies and the national news since it opened in 1948. Many celebrities have been known to be patrons of the establishment. In addition to this, President George W. Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister dined at the Rendezvous in 2006.

Elmwood Cemetery

It is the oldest cemetery in Memphis. It is a classic example of a garden cemetery, its setting likened to a park, with long lines of ancient trees, shady bluffs, and imposing monuments. It was one of the first garden cemeteries established in 1852, in the South.

Blues City Cafe

If you want to take some time off sightseeing and enjoy a delicious meal and a cold beer instead, visit the Blues City Cafe. Its location along Beale's Street provides an excellent view of Memphis. Have a bite of their sumptuous ribs, steaks, tamales, chicken and fried catfish.

The Memphis Bus Tour

Travel the city on a climate-controlled bus. This three-hour tour provides insightful and fascinating narration about the culture, history, legends, and landmarks of the city.

You can drive by some of the famous sites in the downtown area, and by the riverbanks of the mighty Mississippi.

The Memphis Mojo Tour

If you want to tour the city in a unique way, catch the Memphis Mojo Vintage Bus Tour. Local musicians will at as your guides, and you can join and have fun with them. You can get ahold of tambourines, bongos, or shakers, throughout the tour and make music together.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

A 17-acre of lovely gardens, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is an art museum established in 1976. The museum features works from great artists, such as Renoir, Monet and Degas. It also houses one of the finest collections of tableware and figures in the United States and 18th century German porcelain.

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