Memphis Travel Guide

With so many options, it can be difficult to decide what to do in Memphis, so begin at the heart of it all: Beale Street, the beginning of the blues and the focal point of the city’s infectious, funky vibe of the city. Unique shops, musicians, and street vendors abound, and it’s a great place to stroll with a drink and listen to some great music. One of the most popular things to do in Memphis is to visit Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley. You can visit alone, or catch one of the guided tours, some of which include a stop at Sun Records, the tiny recording studio that hosted artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

If the weather is nice, take the monorail over to Mud Island Park. Half the fun is the incredible ride over, but once there you can walk along the Mississippi or rent a pedal boat -- one of the cheesier, yet romantic things to do in Memphis.

One of the most moving things to do in Memphis, though, is the National Civil Rights museum, located five blocks south of Beale Street. Housed in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot in 1968, the museum features extensive exhibits and a detailed timeline of the events during this important time in American history.

Still wondering what to do in Memphis? You can always catch local comedy or Broadway shows at the famous Orpheum Theater, a restored 1928 vaudeville venue, or head back to Beale Street for live music.

Forties hair salon-turned-dining room. Food and cocktails are served at refurbished hair dryer stations in this beauty parlor-turned-lounge and restaurant.

Grand old-school bar. Though you won't see The Peabody hotel's famed ducks (they stay in the lobby), The Corner Bar offers more than 40 martinis and live music courtesy of blues singer Blind Mississippi Morris.

Oversized martini maker

City-slicker juke joint