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Tours of Memphis allow you to experience the area’s rich history of music and flavours. Explore the Mississippi River with a cruise, visit the museums and recording studios dedicated to some of music’s biggest names and enjoy the relaxed culture in the many bars and restaurants peppered throughout the city. Book a bespoke luxury Memphis tour with the help of our Destination Specialists or make one of our suggested itineraries your own.

Our Gone with the Wind Tour allows you to experience the charm of the USA’s south; from thriving cities to beautiful parks and landscapes. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area, stopping in Memphis in between Natchez and Nashville. In Memphis you can enjoy a tour of famous Sun Records, visit lively Beale Street at the heart of the city and enjoy the clubs, bars and restaurants which tempt visitors with their blend of smells and music. Discover the history of the cotton trade along Front Street, which was at the heart of the city’s economy.

Experience the wide open roads and many musical legends of the USA’s south on our Rhythms of the South Self Drive. In Memphis you can soak up the sounds of the Blue’s Capital, learn about the historic events which took place here and watch up and coming artists in the many bars on Beale Street. Visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home and try some delicious barbeque dishes throughout your stay. If you’re interested in the romance of the Deep South’s culture, our Romantic Trails Of The South Tour is ideal. Enjoy an escorted tour with an expert local guide who will take you on a city tour of Memphis. Take in the wide Mississippi River, relax to the blues along Beale Street and learn the history of the Cotton Trade.

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“Families should take the time to visit Mud Island’s Greenbelt Park. Far and away from the bustle of Beale Street, it’s a beautiful place to walk or cycle along.”

Clive
Content Editor
Nick, Senior Destination Manager

“Variety is the spice of life – make sure you try a few of the traditional barbecue restaurants. There are hundreds to choose from and each has their own unique blend of spices and secret recipes. No two are the same.”

Nick
Senior Destination Manager
Martyn, Destination Executive

“The Fire Museum of Memphis is a unique and interesting alternative to the many music museums. You’ll learn about how America’s fire services used to operate, see how far they’ve progressed, and hear inspirational first-hand accounts of heroism during the September 11 terrorist attacks.”

Martyn
Destination Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to get around Memphis?

While an easy city to navigate by walking, Memphis also runs a comprehensive public bus and trolley network called MATA that runs across the whole of the city. Journeys cost $1, or you can purchase an all-day pass for $3. There are several places to rent bicycles across the city, with Explore Bike Share offering GPS-equipped bikes for either an hour, or the full day. When finished, you can simply park up at the nearest station.

When is the best time to visit Memphis?

The best times to visit Memphis are April to May, or October to November. The summer months bring temperatures averaging 32°C. In winter temperatures can drop to -1°C.

What’s the food like in Memphis?

Memphis is known for its love of barbecue. A haven for meat-lovers, visitors can bite into Memphis-style barbecue ribs, prepared either dry and seasoned with salt and herbs, or wet, glazed with a thick hot sauce. Smoky pulled pork is a local favourite, and can be served alongside nachos or in a sandwich. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is held here every May, and is officially recognised as the world’s largest pork barbecue contest by the Guinness Book of World Records.

As the Mississippi River runs through Memphis, so does rock ‘n’ roll and the blues. A city embedded with a deep passion for music and barbecue cuisine, the bright lights of Beale Street and its many blues bars call out to music-lovers the world over. 

Why you'll love Memphis...

• Listening to rousing blues solos as you wander down historic Beale Street
• Sampling succulent barbecued ribs from one of over 100 barbecue speciality restaurants
• Appreciating the trials and tribulations of black Americans at the National Civil Rights Museum
• Touring Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley
• Enjoying the scenery at the Mud Island Greenbelt Park
• Gliding down the Mississippi River on a elegant paddle steamer
• Sipping cocktails as you catch a thrilling live performance at a blues bar
• Discovering the pioneers of soul music at the Stax Museum
• Catching a baseball game at the AutoZone Park
• Touring world-renowned studios, including Sun Studio and Ardent

Did you know?

• Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis. To commemorate his life and work there’s a museum which has preserved the hotel as it was when he was killed.
• The city is named after the Egyptian town of Memphis, located along the River Nile.
• Memphis is named in over 400 songs, which is more than any other city in the world.

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