Soulful Sounds Along a Grand Waterway

Memphis & Surrounding Areas

Memphis rises from a bluff along the mighty Mississippi. Beyond the scenic parks, trails and waterways is a city bustling with an urban flair, a wealth of talented musicians and singers across all genres, a revered musical past and present, true soul-fulfilling food and a history known throughout the world.

Tennessee’s critical role in American popular music can be felt, seen and heard on Beale Street. It’s the birthplace of the blues, where W.C. Handy and other musicians began performing as early as 1909.

If it’s Memphis, you must have barbecue. Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous comes to mind. Dry ribs are the essence of Memphis barbecue.

Relax in downtown Memphis at the Peabody, one of the Historic Hotels of America, and watch the ritual of the marching ducks. A stirring, memorable experience awaits you minutes from the Peabody at the National Civil Rights Museum, chronicling the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to today's human rights movements. Afterward, reflect on the lights of Memphis’ cityscape from the Madison Hotel's Twilight Sky Terrace.

In history-rich Henning, soak up an epic legacy at Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center while considering your own roots. At Mud Island River Park, you can pedal boat, bike and delve into history at the Mississippi River Museum.  

A veritable roll call of music royalty, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich, began recording careers at Sun Studio, where rock ‘n’ roll came together in the 1950s. Learn about music pioneers at Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Don’t leave Memphis without seeing Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Experience a palpable sense of his presence as you walk through the home and grounds. An icon of American culture, Graceland speaks volumes about music, celebrity, history and the King.

Visit the smaller towns around Memphis, where Civil War sites, farmers markets and town squares are celebrated.

Experience the Memphis Area

Accented by mouthwatering barbecue, the mighty Mississippi and Beale Street, the Memphis area’s music and heritage unfold at iconic attractions.


Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 30 Ray LaMontagne Memphis, TN Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne comes to The Orpheum. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 31 Grease Sing-Along Memphis, TN Grab your poodle-skirt and saddle shoes, or dust off your leather jacket, and get ready to transport yourself to the 1950s! Spend a fun evening with Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson, the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies and all the kids from Rydell High. Sing-a-long to GREASE favorites, like "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights." learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 1 The Princess Bride Memphis, TN As a kindly grandfather reads his sick grandson a classic tale of love and adventure, the action comes alive. As the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, it is up to Westley (her former beau turned pirate) to save her. He crosses swashbuckling paths with a thief, an accomplished swordsman, a giant, a six-fingered man, and other memorable characters on his quest to reunite with his true love. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 8 Jaws Memphis, TN Director Steven Spielberg virtually invented the summer blockbuster with this white-knuckle adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel about an insatiable great white shark that terrorizes the townspeople of fictional Amity Island. John Williams's legendary score punctuates the tension as the police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 9 - 17 Elvis Week 2014 Memphis, TN Elvis Week 2014 will take place Saturday, August 9 - Sunday, August 17, at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis. We are excited to be bringing back the Elvis Week Main Stage at Graceland this year so fans can enjoy their Elvis Week days on the Graceland campus with us and participate in some new exciting events! learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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