Memphis is one of the most famous American cities in the South of the States. Its fame is essentially due to music (here Rock'n'Roll was born, here the myth of Elvis Presley developed), however the things to see in this city they go far beyond a tour essentially musical. So here are the 10 tips from Teresa R. Simpson, a freelance writer who knows this city like few others.
- Beale Street
- Sun Studio
- The Mississippi River
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Peabody Ducks
- The Rendezvous restaurant
- AutoZone Park
- Zoo in Memphis
- Pink Palace Museum
- Where to sleep in Memphis
Beale Street it is the most famous street in Memphis, with lots of clubs and shops. If you are looking for souvenirs, typical dishes, live music or a party in the night, this street has everything you need. Day or night, there is always something going on down on Beale. If you are a blues lover I recommend BB King's Blues Club and Rum Boogie Cafe, the home museum of the great bluesman WC Handy and also our itinerary on the Blues Highway.
This is the legendary recording studio that made the first records of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner and many others. Today it still functions as a recording studio, but also as a tourist attraction for music lovers from all over the world. THE tour of the Sun Studio are available seven times a day, so there are plenty of opportunities for a visit.
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Without a doubt, Graceland is one of Memphis's most popular tourist attractions. Tourists are given the opportunity to visit Elvis' home, his grave and also his collections of cars and airplanes. If you are passionate about Elvis I suggest you take a look at the itinerary we have dedicated to him: At Elvis's House: Tour to Tupelo and Memphis.
The Mississippi River
Il Mississippi river it is the second longest river in the United States and the largest in volume. It marks the western border of Memphis and is why the city is known as "The River City"Or" Bluff City ". The banks of the Mississippi are surrounded by nearly three miles of parkland, ideal for some outdoor relaxation. In addition, there are some interesting activities, such as river cruising or canoe rental.
River cruise on the Mississippi
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is a very interesting institution in which to read up on the struggle for civil rights in the United States. The museum is housed in the renovated Lorraine Motel, the hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. It is a museum that attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.
The Peabody Ducks are undoubtedly one of the attractions more unusual than Memphis. Every morning, a procession of five ducks marches into the fountain in the great hall of the Peabody Hotel with the song playing in the background King Cotton March by John Philip Sousa. Each evening, the ceremony is reversed and the ducks make the journey in reverse. It may seem strange, but it is a tradition that has been going on in Memphis since 1932.
The Rendezvous restaurant
Memphis is famous for its barbecue and perhaps the most famous restaurant of its kind in the city is the Rendezvous. In business since 1948, the venue has been featured in novels, films and print articles. Furthermore, many celebrities are known to dine there. An example? In 2006, President George W. Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister had a nice lunch.
AutoZone Park is the baseball stadium of the Memphis Redbirds, an AAA minor league team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. This stadium is considered by many to be one of the best baseball facilities in the nation.
Zoo in Memphis
The Memphis Zoo is one of the most popular attractions of the city for over 100 years. Its numerous and massive renovations over the past few years have made it even more avant-garde. Today, on 70 hectares, it is home to more than 3.000 animals, including lions, bears, elephants, and even giant pandas from China.
Pink Palace Museum
If you want to step back into the past, into the history of the city of Memphis, the Pink Palace Museum is the right place for your needs. It is one of the largest museums of its kind, with an impressive collection of exhibits designed to enlighten visitors on the cultural and natural history of Memphis and the Mid-South. In addition, the museum also offers a planetarium and a four-story IMAX theater.
Where to sleep in Memphis
Both for its proximity to the main attractions and for the good connections to the Downtown area, the center is certainly the best choice and it is no coincidence that it boasts the largest number of accommodations among the various districts of the city. Here is a list with all the facilities available in the city center:
Accommodations available in downtown Memphis
And you? Have you ever been to Memphis? What attractions will you include on your tour?