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Set on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the perfect destination for a getaway of any kind. Being the home of Elvis Presley, and with a world-class zoo and numerous high caliber museums to explore, Memphis offers plenty of ways to make lasting vacation memories!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Sun Studio

Historic Sites

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Beale Street

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Statue of Elvis

Monuments & Statues

Itta Bena

Restaurants

Day 2

Graceland

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rockabilly's Burger Shop

Restaurants

Mud Island River Park

History Museums, Parks

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Memphis Riverboats

Boat Tours

Day 3

Memphis Zoo

Zoos

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Art Museums

Huey's Midtown

Restaurants

Pink Palace Museum

History Museums, Natural History Museums

Memphis Botanic Garden

Gardens

Angela A's City Tips

  • Be sure to spend some time on the historic river!
  • Memphis can get hot and humid in the summer, so be sure to dress accordingly and drink plenty of water.
  • It is easy to get around Memphis by car, but there is also a great public transportation service (bus and streetcar) called MATA.
    Day 1
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    Sun Studio
    Historic Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    Musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded at Sun Studio. Today, guests can visit the 'birthplace of rock 'n' roll' on a guided tour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Children aged 6-11 go free; children under 5 are not permitted.
    • Free parking is located behind the studio.
    • Check out the gift shop for unique souvenirs, including Sun memorabilia, recordings, and concert posters.
    • Tours run every hour (on the half hour) from 10:30am to 5:30pm.
    • There is a free shuttle available to and from Graceland and the Rock 'N’ Soul Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sun Studio with Tiffany Harmon 19/08/2018
    • If you love rock and roll ..... 19/08/2018
    • Sun Studio
    Address:
    706 Union Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103-3218
    Phone:
    +1 901-521-0664
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
    Other:
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    National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    From the outside, the Lorraine Motel appears relatively untouched since the infamous day when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated here in 1968. Inside, though, it's been transformed into a memorable and moving museum, with interactive exhibits that bring to life the major events of the Civil Rights movement: Visitors can sit at a Woolworth's lunch counter, join the 1963 March on Washington, and board a replica of the bus where Rosa Parks made her stand.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • Interactive exhibits and over 40 shorts films are included in the museum.
    • Free parking is located behind the museum.
    • Go all the way through the museum — the end is truly powerful.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See for Anyone In Memphis 19/08/2018
    • This place evokes emotion 18/08/2018
    • National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
    Address:
    450 Mulberry St
    Memphis, TN 38103-4214
    Phone:
    +1 901-521-9699
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Beale Street
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Starting at the Mississippi River and stretching almost two miles, Beale Street is an entertainment mecca packed with clubs and bars, restaurants, and unique shopping experiences. But this rockin' street, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, is of course best known for its music scene. Stroll down Beale and you'll likely hear everything from blues to jazz to rock 'n' roll spilling onto the same street that played a big role in making many of those genres famous.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss BB King's Blues Club!
    • Stop into quirky store "Strange Cargo" to browse unique, weird items, in addition to Memphis souvenirs.
    • When hunger calls, grab a table at Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe.
    • Wander around and shop during the day, but be sure to come back in the evening for a show.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wednesday evening 18/08/2018
    • Fun! 18/08/2018
    • Beale Street
    Phone:
    +1 901-526-0117
    Other:
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    Statue of Elvis
    Monuments & Statues
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    Angela A Says:

    Years ago, the world's first bronze statue of Elvis Presley was erected on Beale Street, and it's been attracting fans for photo ops ever since.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is metered parking close to the statue.
    • The statue is located at the beginning of Beale Street.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Statue of Elvis! 14/08/2018
    • nice 12/08/2018
    • Statue of Elvis
    Address:
    Beale St
    (at Main Street)
    Memphis, TN 38103
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    Itta Bena
    Restaurants (American)
    Angela A Says:

    Situated above BB King's Blues Club, Itta Bena feels almost like a speakeasy or a secret hideaway. The rustic yet elegant fine dining restaurant serves up delicious southern fare (think she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and duck and waffles) with nice views over Beale Street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You must try the Shrimp and Grits!
    • If you are indulging, try the Key Lime Martini. The Godiva Liqueur Cheesecake is also divine!
    • This spot may seem hidden away, but it's very popular — make reservations in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,088 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect for a Special Occasion 19/06/2018
    • Yum 17/06/2018
    • Itta Bena
    Address:
    145 Second Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38103
    Phone:
    +1 901-578-3031
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Graceland
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    No visit to Memphis is complete without stopping at the famed mansion of Elvis Presley. Graceland's over-the-top decor is every bit as flashy — and as fabulously kitschy — as you might have imagined it to be, including a jungle room, a faux-waterfall, and a guitar-shaped pool. In addition to the tours of the mansion, Graceland also features a number of special museums and exhibits, including a car museum, the King's planes, and clothing displays. Depending upon how many of the additional buildings you wish to visit, it is easy to spend an entire day here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets are available for the mansion only, or you can choose from a variety of combination packages that incorporate the other exhibits and museums.
    • Be sure to visit the grave of Elvis Presley, which is located in the garden behind the mansion.
    • Take note of the walls lined with hundreds of checks that Elvis wrote to charities.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overrated and not so friendly 19/08/2018
    • Graceland tour 19/08/2018
    • Graceland
    Address:
    3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
    Memphis, TN 38116-4106
    Phone:
    +1 901-332-3322
    Price range:
    US$169 - US$169
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Rockabilly's Burger Shop
    Restaurants (American)
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    Angela A Says:

    Located on the Graceland estate, Rockabilly's Burger Shop is a great place to stop for a bite while walking between museums. In addition to the usual diner fare, it serves a yummy peanut butter and banana sandwich, the King's favorite.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Breakfast is available here.
    • The french fries are amazing!
    • Order your drink in a souvenir cup!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • beverage 27/03/2017
    • Nothing special 02/03/2017
    • Rockabilly's Burger Shop
    Address:
    Graceland Plaza
    3674 Elvis Presley Boulevard
    Memphis, TN
    Other:
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    Mud Island River Park
    History Museums, Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Mud Island River Park is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers. With picnic areas, a river walk, and a monorail, it's a great place to spend an afternoon on the river.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the Mississippi River Museum.
    • Guided tours are available.
    • Rent a canoe or kayak and get out on the water!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great morning with our dogs on the river 17/08/2018
    • Really neat but Abandoned? 14/08/2018
    • Mud Island River Park
    Address:
    125 N Front St
    Memphis, TN 38103-1713
    Phone:
    +1 800-507-6507
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island Park has 18 galleries full of history! You can explore more than 500 artifacts, including two replica boats here. Plus, the River Room boasts a 5,000 gallon freshwater aquarium, and there are five galleries dedicated entirely to Memphis music.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the exhibit on the Civil War.
    • The museum is open daily in summer but closed on Mondays in the spring and fall. It is also closed completely from November through March.
    • When buying tickets, opt for the Museum Deal, which includes admission, a roundtrip on the monorail, and an optional guided tour of the river walk.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed?? 07/08/2018
    • Closed while they "consider options" on the website. 28/07/2018
    • Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island
    Address:
    125 N Front St
    Memphis, TN 38103-1713
    Phone:
    +1 800-507-6507
    Other:
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    Memphis Riverboats
    Boat Tours
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    Angela A Says:

    Memphis Riverboats offers sightseeing and dinner cruises in a historic Paddlewheeler, and you'll enjoy both local historic and cultural commentary as you cruise along the 'Mighty Mississippi.'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The dinner cruise is two hours long, complete with dancing and entertainment.
    • The sightseeing cruise is 90 minutes long.
    • Be sure to make reservations in advance, especially for the dinner cruises.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 3 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Memphis
    • Fab night 12/08/2018
    • Paddle Boat Ride on the Mississippi 11/08/2018
    • Memphis Riverboats
    Address:
    45 S Riverside Dr
    Memphis, TN 38103-2421
    Phone:
    +1 901-527-2628
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Memphis Zoo
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals, housed in areas like Cat Country, the Primate Canyon, Penguin Rock, Pelican Pool, and many more. And yes, Memphis Zoo also has two pandas!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the reptile chat!
    • Download the free app for up-to-date feeding times, shows, and maps.
    • Kids love Once Upon a Farm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Zoo 17/08/2018
    • Awesome but go early 16/08/2018
    • Memphis Zoo
    Address:
    2000 Prentiss Pl
    Memphis, TN 38112-5033
    Phone:
    901-276-WILD
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    If you have even a vague interest in art, a visit to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is a must! The permanent collection alone boasts more than 9,000 pieces, which is why it is Tennessee's largest and oldest art museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wednesdays are free in lieu of a donation.
    • The museum is open late every Thursday for gallery talks, films, and musical guests.
    • Check out the onsite yoga classes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing rotating exhibit of African American Dress 11/08/2018
    • Great Art Visit 10/07/2018
    • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    Address:
    1934 Poplar Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104-2765
    Phone:
    +1 901-544-6200
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Huey's Midtown
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Angela A Says:

    This lively tavern offers what might just be the best burger in all of Memphis! Guests also love the steak or chicken Philly Cheese subs, and there is a diverse Kids Menu if you're traveling with the family.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's live music on Sundays.
    • The homemade onion rings are delicious!
    • Try the Rockslide for dessert!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 1,088 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Experience 17/08/2018
    • Great food, great service! 15/08/2018
    • Huey's Midtown
    Address:
    1927 Madison Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104-2623
    Phone:
    +1 901-726-4372
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 1:30 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
    Other:
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    Pink Palace Museum
    History Museums, Natural History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Pink Palace is part of a collection of state museums and attractions, which includes the CTI 3D Giant Theater, the Sharpe Planetarium, the Lichterman Nature Center, and the historic Mallory-Neely and Magevney Houses. The Pink Palace Museum is located in a pink marble mansion that once belonged to Clarence Saunders (founder of the modern supermarket), and inside you can explore a replica of his first Piggly Wiggly, as well as other unique cultural exhibits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the insect exhibit.
    • Admission is free on Tuesday afternoons.
    • Tickets are available for all attractions, or guests may buy single museum tickets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    • Culture for Everyone! 31/07/2018
    • Secret Gem if you want a real museum experience 29/07/2018
    • Pink Palace Museum
    Address:
    3050 Central Ave
    Memphis, TN 38111-3316
    Phone:
    +1 901-636-2362
    Other:
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    Memphis Botanic Garden
    Gardens
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    The Memphis Botanic Garden sits on 96 acres, showcasing various forms of plant life. Be sure to bring a picnic for the Pine Groves Picnic Area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is free parking.
    • Check out the special events.
    • Stop into the onsite Visitors Center.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 163 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful gardens 31/07/2018
    • Gladys Knight Concert 30/07/2018
    • Memphis Botanic Garden
    Address:
    750 Cherry Rd
    Memphis, TN 38117-4699
    Phone:
    +1 901-636-4100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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