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One Day in Memphis

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I didn't intend for this itinerary to be so predominately about music. But this is Memphis, Tennessee where some of America’s best music has been, and continues to be, made. If you love your blues, soul or rock ‘n roll, you might find Memphis to be a little slice of heaven with a backbeat that’s out of this world!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Graceland

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Peabody Ducks

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums

National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Jerry's Sno Cones

Restaurants

Sun Studio

Historic Sites

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Educational sites, Speciality Museums

Beale Street

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

A. Schwab

Gift & Speciality Shops

Chris O's City Tips

  • To avoid disappointment, check venue websites and city events calendars for what’s on when. Be sure to book well ahead for bigger acts playing in town, as well as for shows at more popular bars and clubs.
  • If you're going out at night around Beale Street or another hot spot, be mindful of your belongings as you would in any big city.
  • Memphis gets hot! Drink plenty of water as you explore.
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    Graceland
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Talk about a hunka hunka real estate! Graceland is the former home of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley — and for the most ardent of many fans, the center of the universe. Making time to experience Graceland while visiting Memphis is a no-brainer, but it’s up to you to decide just how tacky the King’s taste in décor was.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There’s a free shuttle transporting visitors between Sun Studios, Graceland, and the Rock 'N’ Soul Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprised in a very good way 18/09/2018
    • Guest House at Graceland 18/09/2018
    • Graceland
    Address:
    3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
    Memphis, TN 38116-4106
    Phone:
    +1 901-332-3322
    Price range:
    US$169 - US$169
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Peabody Ducks
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    You don't have to be a guest of luxury hotel, The Peabody, to enjoy its most popular feature: its resident brace of ducks who waddle along the red carpet laid out for them, to and from the hotel lobby’s fountain, daily.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • See the ducks strut their stuff daily at 11am and 5pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 18/09/2018
    • Get there early 18/09/2018
    • The Peabody Ducks
    Address:
    149 Union Ave
    The Peabody Memphis
    Memphis, TN 38103-2638
    Phone:
    +1 901-529-4000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    This historic home once served as a safe haven for runaway slaves. Nowadays, it's a moving museum sharing the story of the anti-slavery movement in the south.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good visit but wish there was more love in the message 15/09/2018
    • Must see this 11/09/2018
    • Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
    Address:
    826 N 2nd St
    Memphis, TN 38107-2302
    Phone:
    +1 901-527-3427
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Set in the Lorraine Motel, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum commemorates the untimely death and celebrates the brave life of King, while chronicling the wider American Civil Rights Movement through a series of interesting and imaginative exhibits. Learn all about this compelling era through a mix of pivotal moments brought to life for you to experience, oral histories, and more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very somber monument 18/09/2018
    • I Love Museums 18/09/2018
    • National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
    Address:
    450 Mulberry St
    Memphis, TN 38103-4214
    Phone:
    +1 901-521-9699
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Jerry's Sno Cones
    Restaurants (Street Food, American, Fast food)
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    Chris O Says:

    The best way to keep cool in Memphis is to visit this local favorite for a famous 'sno cone.' Jerry’s menu features all sorts of unique hot treats too like toasted ravioli, fired pickle spears, corn nuggets, barbecue bologna, Cheddar pepper and 'Frito pie.' In short, it's a great place to stop for a snack, whatever you're craving.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You’ll know you’re at Jerry’s when you see the line out front. It moves fast though, and the experience is definitely worth the wait!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,093 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Supreme of all Snow Cones 🍧❤️🧡💛💚💙 27/08/2018
    • One of my favs 27/08/2018
    • Jerry's Sno Cones
    Address:
    1657 Wells Station Rd
    Memphis, TN 38108-2963
    Phone:
    +1 901-767-2659
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Sun Studio
    Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Rock ‘n roll’s most hallowed ground, Sun Studios is the place where Elvis Presley made his first recordings. But the King wasn’t the only artist who made music history here. Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all recorded some of the 20th century’s most iconic songs in these little studios that are now a wonderfully preserved National Historic Landmark that you can tour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • There’s a free shuttle transporting visitors between, Sun Studio, Graceland, and the Rock 'N’ Soul Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding....must see! 18/09/2018
    • Monday afternoon 1230 tour 18/09/2018
    • Sun Studio
    Address:
    706 Union Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103-3218
    Phone:
    +1 901-521-0664
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:15
    Other:
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    Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Chris O Says:

    Rock is just one half of the equation of Memphis music. This town is also the home of soul music, and of course the famous 'Memphis Sound.' For a funky and informative dose of soul, be sure to check out the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on Beale Street, where the aim of its exhibits is to tell visitors the full music story.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Take the free shuttle service that runs between Sun Studios, Graceland, and the Rock 'N’ Soul Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The roots of Music in Memphis 18/09/2018
    • Can’t find it 12/09/2018
    • Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    Address:
    191 Beale St
    Memphis, TN 38103-3715
    Phone:
    +1 901-205-2533
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    Educational sites, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Chris O Says:

    Welcome to Soulsville, USA where some of the most infectious grooves — and biggest hits — in popular music were created and recorded. Located on the original site of the Stax Records studio, this is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the legacy of the soul genre.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Nice! 18/09/2018
    • Risen Like a Phoenix 16/09/2018
    • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    Address:
    926 E McLemore Ave
    Memphis, TN 38106-3338
    Phone:
    +1 901-261-6338
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Beale Street
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Neon signs, live music, melt in yo’ mouth BBQ and a vibe like nowhere else, Beale Street is the home to sizzling nightlife beside the Mighty Mississippi. According to a USA Today National Poll, it's also the 'most iconic street' in America, the top tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee, and the 'official home of the blues.' If it's not on your list already, it should be.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Two of the more reputable live music venues on Beale Street include Blues Hall Juke Joint and B.B. King’s Blues Club.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 164 things to do in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • There is plenty to do, the nightlife is great and yes you will be ID if you want to drink. 18/09/2018
    • Boy, Is This place Packed with Music places! 18/09/2018
    • Beale Street
    Phone:
    +1 901-526-0117
    Other:
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    A. Schwab
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Chris O Says:

    Waaay back in 1876, Abraham Schwab opened his general store on Beale Street. Today this historic shop, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain, thrives as one of the city’s most popular attractions. As the only original business still in operation on Beale Street today, be sure to make a beeline here when thirst or hunger calls.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • A homemade soda or a milkshake always go down well.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 41 Shopping in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun piece of history 12/09/2018
    • Throwback Alert! 03/09/2018
    • A. Schwab
    Address:
    163 Beale St
    Memphis, TN 38103-3713
    Phone:
    +1 901-523-9782
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Wed
    12:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    12:00 - 18:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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