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Downtown Memphis, TN
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Memphis Vacation Ideas

Visit the home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll.

Visit the home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn about the deep history of this city as you explore the award-winning restaurants, beautiful outdoors, foot-tapping music and vibrant neighborhoods. 

Where to Stay in Memphis

The Central Station Hotel

Cozy up in your sumptuous room after a long day of fun in the city. The Central Station Hotel has 123 beautifully-designed rooms which include king or double queen plush beds, custom artwork and amenities like in-room Keurig coffee, a 50” HDTV, products from the William Roam Steam Collection and complimentary WiFi. You can even enjoy an in-room, custom Eggleston Works speaker so you can jam to The Central Station’s Memphis-inspired playlist.

Arrive Hotel

A boutique hotel in the heart of Memphis, Arrive Hotel offers 62 guest rooms, an all-day bakery with coffee and cocktails, a poker room and rooms with AppleTV. Choose from a Studio with a king bed and 100% Egyptian cotton linens, the Bigger Studio which has a bit more room and city views, the Double if you’re traveling with friends or family members, or the Corner Lofts which have loads of space, a large tile shower and more.  Enjoy a cocktail or beer at Longshot where you can play shuffleboard or just dig in to made-from-scratch snacks.

What to do in Memphis

Shelby Farms Park

Take some time to explore and get fresh air at the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park located in the heart of Memphis. This park has it all from horseback riding trails to bike excursions, hiking, kayaking and fishing on the more than 20 bodies of water and even bison. Spread a blanket out on the green and have a picnic or play a round of disc golf. However you want to experience the outdoors, you can in Memphis. Challenge yourself with Go Ape, an outdoor adventure course that has six individual sections that take you higher up the pine forest canopy. There are over 40 crossings or obstacles like rope ladders, Tarzan swings, six zip lines and net bridges.

Historic Beale Street 

Step out onto “America’s Most Iconic Street” for a night of dancing and music on Historic Beale Street. Established in 1841, it’s been a thriving area for commerce and culture. Beale Street was home to many Black-owned businesses, clubs, restaurants and shops. It even was the headquarters of Ida B. Wells’ anti-segregationist newspaper, Free Speech. Today, it’s a mecca for music, nightlife, dining and the arts. Step into the original B.B. King’s Blues Club where live blues, classic soul and rock n’ roll keep the party going all night. Enjoy a Cajun and barbecue menu with hot music provided by house bands at Rum Boogie Café. You’ll love seeing all the music industry memorabilia including more than 200 autographed guitars from Elvis, Sting, Rufus Thomas, Bon Jovi, Booker T and the MGs and more. 

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

You can’t go to Memphis without making a trip to the King of Rock n’ Roll’s iconic home. At Graceland, fully immerse yourself in Elvis’ home, his life and legacy. Once inside, you’ll see the living room, the kitchen, the famous Jungle Room, his father’s office and the newly-enhanced Trophy Building. The newly-restored Racquetball Building to how it looked in 1977 and the Meditation Garden. 

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968. The museum is part of the top 5% of institutions to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Through interactive exhibits, more than 40 new films, 260 artifacts, oral histories and more, you will be guided through 500 years of history. 

Peabody Ducks

See the famous duck march at the Peabody Hotel. Every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can see the five wild North American mallards march to and from the fountain in the Peabody’s lobby. You can reserve the Ducky Day Family Package, which includes an overnight accommodation plus the opportunity to be an Honorary Duckmaster where you’ll help the Duckmaster march the ducks to and from the lobby fountain. You even get your own brass-head Duckmaster Cane. 

Where to eat in Memphis

Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous 

Enter rib heaven when you step through the door of Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous. Tender, dry rub ribs have been a staple for this restaurant for over 70 years. Start your meal off with the pork or chicken barbecue nachos then get a small or large slab of ribs, pork shoulder sandwich or chopped chicken sandwich. You can pair your ribs with pork shoulder, brisket or chicken. Lamb riblets, meatless red beans and rice and even a skillet of shrimp (can feed up to eight people, but give Rendezvous 24-hour notice) are also on the menu.


Huey’s is a family-friendly restaurant that’s been a Memphis staple since 1970 and serves mouth-watering burgers, salads and catfish. All burgers are six ounces of certified angus beef and topped with the special Huey’s seasoning. You can make any burger a veggie, black bean or turkey burger. Try the World Famous Huey Burger topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, mustard, pickles, onions, cheddar or Swiss cheese on a buttered and toasted sesame seed bun. The Bluff City Burger is a favorite topped with smoked cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, onion straws and barbecue sauce. Huey’s also has the 100% vegan Beyond Burger.

Loflin Yard

Enjoy fresh air and tasty bites.
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Enjoy outdoor dining at Loflin Yard which is also pet-friendly. Choose from a variety of small plates like brisket tacos, smoked wings and a beef brisket plate. Nosh on burgers, the smoked brisket Po-boy or hot chicken. Barrel-aged cocktails like the Buffalo Trace Old-Fashioned and Sazerac Rye and creatively-named cocktails like Your Cousin’s Destination Wedding – Altos Plata tequila, Tattersall Grapefruit Crema, Priqly Liqueur and topped with sparkling wine - and Can You Make My Girlfriend Something Pink – Wheatly vodka, Lillet Rose, Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur with watermelon puree - will make your evening fun and enjoyable.


For a fine dining experience, go to Bishop located inside The Central Station Hotel. Famous chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman bring you a French brasserie-inspired restaurant with Southern flare. Sip a cocktail and start your meal with a half dozen oysters or Grand Aioli with seasonal vegetables, shrimp, beef, soft boiled eggs and lemon mousseline. Savor the Bishop Burger – a double patty topped with bacon, tomato aioli, cheddar and B1 sauce, the trout served with peas, radishes and asparagus or the filet. 

Dine, dance, explore and marvel at all there is to do in this great city. Plan your visit to Memphis.

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