There’s definitely no place like the south and even more so … no place like good ole’ Memphis, Tennessee! Now, we love Elvis Presley just as much as the next person … but Memphis still has a ton more to offer than just Graceland (even though we still just had to include it on this list, oops!). Whether it’s an informative tour at one of the amazing museums located in Memphis or you’re into something more adventurous in the outdoors this place has something to offer for everyone. After visiting this awesome city, heres our Top 10 things to do in Memphis:
Walk Down The Beale Street Historic District
This place is a big attraction in Memphis and a significant part of it’s overall history – which if you take the time to look into it is extremely interesting! It is a fun little place to check out that houses nightclubs, restaurants, and tons of shops. Just like our other favorite Tennessee street in Nashville, Beale Street includes tons of live music to stop by and listen to while you grab a cold one or have a late lunch.
Visit Sun Studio
If you take any tour in Memphis (besides Graceland of course), take this one! It’s rated the number one attraction in Memphis for a good reason. This building was originally a recording studio and apparently where the very first rock and roll single was recorded. Everyone from the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded here back in the day. In fact, this is actually the very place where Elvis got his start!
See The March Of The Peabody Ducks
If you’ve never heard of the Peabody Ducks before, they are quite the sight to see in Memphis! The ducks at this hotel march to the fountain in the lobby at 11am each day and march back out at 5pm. Doing so has been a custom at the hotel for years and years and will most likely go on for many more. In fact, these little guys are so famous they’ve even been on talk shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show and graced the pages of People Magazine.
Take A Tour Of The National Civil Rights Museum
This museum is incredible to say the least. The museum itself is incorporated into the Lorraine Motel, which is the historic location where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Besides this, the tour and museum itself covers everything from Rosa Parks to Dredd Scott. This is definitely one place to check out no matter what amount of time you spend in Memphis.
Step Inside The Infamous Graceland Mansion
Of course we had to include Graceland in this list. C’mon, you can’t make a list about the best places in Memphis and not include the former home of the King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley. Learn more about our love for Memphis and the overall tour of Graceland in our latest post.
Check Out The Stax Museum Of American Soul Music
This establishment shows how much music history the town of Memphis truly possesses. The entire tour is really educational and gets into that deep history we mentioned before. The museum is an exact replica of the original Stax recording studio and includes some of there big stars like Otis Redding along with some big soul music influences who weren’t Stax artists like Marvin Gaye.
Head Over To Mud Island
If you’re looking for a change of pace compared to some of the more “touristy” stuff, this is your place! Mud Island includes tons of Mississippi River history and includes a replica of all the states and towns that border it. If you have the time, definitely take a ride on the monorail considering it gives some of the best views you’ll get in Memphis!
Stop By Earnestine & Hazel’s For A Drink & Soul Burger
The food here is great and the service is even better (make sure to take a minute and chat with Karen, trust us!), but what’s even more awesome about this place is the history! It used to be a brothel and even still has some of the rooms upstairs. Oh, and did I mention that rumor has it this place is totally haunted? I think that’s reason enough to stop on by ;)
Spend Some Time At Shelby Farms
If you’re looking to get some fresh air and spend a little more time in the outdoors, make sure to check out Shelby Farms. This place has lots to offer, including paddle boats and zip lining along with a park for the kids to play at. In addition, there’s also many hiking and biking trails to take advantage of if you’re looking for a little bit of nature inspiration.
Chow Down On Some Ribs At Rendezvous
Call me basic, but this is my favorite place to grab ribs in Memphis! It is a little bit out of the way, but still extremely accessible to get to on foot. Before 4pm the only thing they serve is their rib meal … but cmon, what other reason do you really have to come here besides for some original southern BBQ?! Plus, tons of celebrities have stopped by here so you never know who you might come across!