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Known to its residents as the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Memphis is one rockin’ city. This historic city is known for its tantalizing barbeque, soulful music, and a major landmark for the Civil Rights movement. There is always something delightful to experience in Memphis. Whether you’re a theatre lover or a history buff, you will find plenty to keep you busy in this vibrant city on the river.
Memphis wouldn’t be Memphis without Beale Street. Stroll down the avenue and let the wafting scent of slow cooked barbeque fill your nose while the sound of Blues musicians hangs in the air. Beale Street has an abundant collection of clubs, bars and restaurants if you’re looking for an evening out. Music lovers won’t want to miss a trip to the Gibson Beale Street Showcase and Factory where the legendary Gibson brand guitars are made. But stay in downtown Memphis with an eye on the clock and you could head over to the Peabody Hotel and watch the famous duck parade to the lobby fountain every morning at eleven a.m. If you have several hours to spend, make your way to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Visit this iconic landmark and learn all about The King, his automobile collection, countless lavish artifacts, and private airplanes. Or you could step back a few decades in time and go to the National Civil Rights Museum and discover the stories of the many brave men and women who took a stand against social injustice and the impact they had on laws in place today.
As the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues Memphis has seen plenty of musicians trying to break into the business and make a name for themselves. Legends like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and B.B. King all have career ties to the city. Stop by historic Sun Studio where some of these musical icons recorded some of their early records. Learn about the music genres that have developed in Memphis such as the Blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. And if you're still hungry for more, visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music and take in memorabilia from artists like Booker T., Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and more.
Whether you're visiting for the first time or fell in love with Memphis many trips ago, be sure to make the most of your journey this October by taking in all this amazing city has to offer!
Must Sees: Popular Sights and Attractions in Memphis
Getting Around Town
Memphis has a wonderful trolley system that can take you just about anywhere you'd like to go in downtown Memphis. Visit the Transportation page to learn more.
Plan Your Trip
For more information on Memphis or the surrounding area please contact the Memphis Convention and Visitors Association directly or visit the destination page on this Web site.
Memphis Visitor Center
3205 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38116
Toll Free: 888-633-9099
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional Leisure Tours
Watch the famous Peabody Ducks as they parade to the lobby fountain every morning at eleven o'clock. Get there early for this popular event so you're sure to see the show. The ducks remain and swim in the fountain until five o'clock in the afternoon when they parade back to the elevator and return to their rooftop palace for the evening.
Experience Memphis's sights and sounds, literally! Sign up and board the bus as this interactive group takes you and friends through popular venues around Memphis. These singing tour guides will have you clapping along and learning as you ride through town discovering the city's history.
Touted by locals as THE place for barbeque in Memphis, the Rendezvous is a must for an empty belly. Order up a slab of their world-famous Rendezvous charcoal-broiled pork ribs and dig in. Located in the alley, downstairs, behind 52 South Second in downtown Memphis, this is one meal you can't pass up.
Find out what kept Gibson Guitar's history strong during the 1970's and how they are innovating the future. Legendary musicians B.B. King and Chet Atkins were Gibson enthusiasts. Take a tour of their facilities, learn about the guitars and you'll discover why.
Graceland Mansion, the place Elvis once called home. Visit this historic landmark and tour the automobile museum, Hall of Gold, private airplanes, and the vast array of costumes and clothing that made The King one of America's greatest icons.
Did you know the Memphis Zoo is considered one of the top zoos in the country? With 500 various species and nearly 3,500 different animals, the zoo brings the amazing animal kingdom to metropolitan Memphis. Go with friends and see the giant pandas, check out the new polar bear addition, visit the exotic dragon's lair, or hang out with the hippos.
Discover how the Mississippi River impacted the Civil War, riverboat culture and modern day Memphis. Stroll along the 1/2 mile scale model of the river before wading in on a warm day or rent a paddle boat and venture out into the harbor.
Located at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, the National Civl Rights Museum tells the story of the countless brave men and women who stood up for equality. Tour this museum dedicated to the civil and human rights movement and learn how efforts continue today.
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