City Spotlight: Memphis

Why visit Memphis, Tennessee?

  • Legendary heritage of blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll, as the launchpad for many famous musicians.
  • Vibrant, diverse city with a rich historical past in the civil rights movement.
  • Very bike-friendly with lots to do outdoors and on the river.Known for fantastic food, especially barbecue.
Memphis

Frontdesk welcomes you to Memphis, TN! It was home to legends like Elvis Presley, WC Handy, Rufus Thomas, BB King, and more. Located on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis truly has something for everyone. While the “Home of the Blues” is certainly famous for its musical history, it also boasts plenty of entertainment and activities that will satisfy a variety of interests, no matter how long you’re in town.

Memphis Vacations

Memphis has something for everyone, whether you’re a music lover, a history buff, an adventurist, or a foodie. It offers the attractions and entertainment variety of a big city while still maintaining the laid-back nature of a Southern town.

Memphis Business Trips

Memphis is a popular business destination and it would be hard to see everything the town has to offer between meetings and conferences – but make the most of your time and commit to checking out a few of the hotspot attractions and restaurants when you can!

Memphis Neighborhoods

Downtown

Downtown is where you’ll find the hustle and bustle of the city. Downtown features the famous Beale Street Entertainment District, where you can enjoy numerous blues bars and dance clubs. In Downtown, you’ll also find the famous Memphis Pyramid, now the home of Bass Pro, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

South Main

Also known as the South Main Arts District, this neighborhood is filled with galleries, boutiques, and the city’s largest farmers market. Much of the entertainment and dining can be found along South Main Street and the last Friday of every month is South Main Trolley Night, where galleries and shops host art receptions and parties.

Midtown

This Memphis neighborhood is known for being funky, artsy, and diverse. In Midtown, you’ll find Overton Square, an eclectic collection of restaurants and live performance venues, as well as Overton Park, a 342-acre public park with running trails, a dog park, a lake, a golf course, and more.

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This trendy neighborhood features 1920s bungalows, mom-and-pop shops, laid-back restaurants, and lively neighborhood pubs. The neighborhood even hosts their own outdoor music and arts festival every September.

What is there to do in Memphis?

From attractions like Graceland and Beale Street to museums and riverboat tours, there is no shortage of things to add to your Memphis itinerary. Here are a few suggestions of things to do while in Memphis (plus some of the best places to eat).

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Soak Up the Music

Memphis lives and breathes music. Whether you consider yourself a true music lover or not, there are some must-see spots in the city. Go for a tour at Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley, BB King, and Johnny Cash all recorded albums, and visit Evlis Presley’s famous Graceland Mansion. If you have time to add a few more musical spots to your agenda, check out the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. And of course, don’t forget to stop by Beale Street to experience the live music and entertainment that can be found at a variety of music clubs (and in the street).

Take In the History

For a non-music-related dose of history, there is also the National Civil Rights Museum. This renowned museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, and teaches about the civil rights movement and the history of the time. Another interesting spot downtown is the historic 13-story Peabody Hotel, built in 1869. The hotel offers historic tours and is also home to the famous Peabody Ducks, who march in a line to and from the lobby fountain every day at 11 am and 5 pm.

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