Music lovers and history buffs look no further; this is the ultimate vacation destination for you. Pack your blue suede shoes and get ready to hit the road; you won’t be able to help falling in love with Memphis. Just follow these top ten tips to make the most out of your trip through Tennessee.
Ride in Style
For a fun and inexpensive way to get around downtown Memphis, hop on one of the many vintage trolleys. For only $1 the trolleys transport you through the downtown area, and their vintage design makes for a great photo opportunity.
When in Memphis Do As The Memphian’s Do
If you are looking for unique accommodation in Memphis that will leave a lasting impression, spend a night at the Memphian. The vintage vibe and bohemian decor are ultra Instagramable and really capture the spirit of Memphis. Dress in your best and treat yourself to a cocktail in the super cool Tiger & Peacock lounge while enjoying the rooftop view of the city.
Have a Little Less Conversation And A Little More Action
Easily the most famous landmark of Memphis, Elvis Presley’s mansion-turned-museum, “Graceland”, is the talk of the town. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance here and arrive early to avoid the long lines. Purchasing a premium pass will allow you to see intricate costumes, props, and more outside of the mansion itself.
Walk the Line (Or Take The Free Shuttle!)
An absolutely must-see for music lovers, Sun Studio is the historic recording studio where stars such as Elvis and Johnny Cash recorded some of their most famous hits. The tour is full of interesting facts, entertainment, and amazing photo opportunities. Hitch a free ride on the Sun Studio Shuttle to get around town between the three biggest attractions: Graceland, Sun Studio, and Memphis Rock’n’Roll Museum.
Watch Out For The Duck Parade
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxurious weekend away there is no greater place than the historic Peabody Hotel. The elegant interior is equipped with a beautiful banqueting hall, full-service spa, and … duck parade? The comical and quirky tradition of parading the ducks through the lobby to the main fountain is sure to put a smile on your face. Check it out at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm every day.
Paint the Town Red in the City of Blues
For a legendary night out you can’t miss the infamous Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Be on the lookout for vintage hot rods and classic motorcycles on display throughout the summer evenings. And wet your whistle at one of the many blues clubs or rock-n-roll bars along the strip. This is where the party is at!
Roll On The River
To get the full Memphis experience you can’t miss out on a traditional Mississippi riverboat tour. The tours start from as little as $20 and provide you with an inspiring view of the riverbank while your guide fills you in on the historical significance of the city’s landmarks. Sweeten the deal with dinner & dancing, or take it easy with the brunch tour – accompanied by a live jazz band!
Get a Taste Of History
Memphis is a city rich in history and diversity, though this cultural diversity was born out of struggle. Nowhere is this more encapsulated than in the National Civil Rights Museum. The Museum is open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Thursday to Monday, allowing guests a glimpse into the past and a chance to learn about and celebrate the history of black independence. Find out more about Memphis’ dark past and secretive anti-slavery movement at the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.
And A Taste Of The South Too!
A trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a little “smoke, sauce, and slaw”. There is an endless selection of BBQ options, each one with its own uniquely mouth-watering flavor. However, our top picks have to be Central BBQ (with its many locations), and Corky’s – two of the most popular spots for good reason. Although the city may not seem especially vegetarian-friendly, veggie lovers will be happily surprised to find great options like the Portobello BBQ sandwich at Central BBQ.
Check out the pyramid
Without a doubt the most memorable landmark in town, the giant riverside pyramid is more than just a fun photo opportunity. Inside you will find the world’s largest Bass Pro Shop, complete with a 600,000-gallon water tank storing nearly 2,000 live fish, a cypress swamp with alligator pools, and a wetlands conservation area. Try your hand at the live pistol and archery range, or ride the world’s tallest free-standing elevator to get the best view of the city from atop the observation deck.
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