Plan your 2017 trip to West Tennessee with these brand new expansions and attractions in mind. Hotels, distilleries, exhibits, and entertainment complexes opening this year will make your trip to Memphis and surrounding areas even better.
Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland, the new entertainment complex.
"Elvis Presley's Memphis" at Graceland®'s a 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex across the street from Elvis'™ iconic Graceland Mansion will open spring 2017. It will be five times the size of the current visitor center, and will present the life, career and legacy of the greatest entertainer with interactive and immersive pop culture experiences that connect to Elvis' personal interests and activities throughout his life, including his passion for automobiles and new technology.
The lobby inside the Guest House at Graceland.
The Guest House at Graceland has officially opened. Step inside the mind and style of Elvis himself and enjoy the 450-room hotel that includes two restaurants, meeting and special event spaces and a 464-seat theater for live performances and movies.
Elvis Week celebrates its 40th Anniversary and welcomes fans from around the world August 2017 with a full schedule of fun events including the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, music and conferences. The highlight will be the Candlelight Vigil where you can pay respects to the King at Meditation Garden.
A new exhibit and interactive kiosk about activities related to the natural, recreational and cultural/historic amenities located along the Mississippi River in Memphis and the region of the Great River Road – National Scenic Byway and Trail is to be installed at the TDOT Visitors Center (I-40 & Riverside Dr.) 2017 in downtown Memphis.
Runners along Shelby Farms Park greenway
Heart of the Park at Shelby Farms Park features a larger variety of native trees, shrubs, and other vegetation, making way for new trails, wetlands, an 80-acre Patriot Lake, decks, and boat rentals and a pavilion for events and music.
Taking in the views thanks to the new Big River Crossing.
Big River Crossing has opened and is a 5,000-ft. trail path with spectacular views of the Mississippi River, connecting Downtown Memphis and Arkansas.
Concept of new Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis. Photo credit: Looney Ricks Kiss
Old Dominick Distillery, a 150-year-old brand, will provide Memphis with vodka, whiskey and bourbon and will host tours, have tasting rooms and an event space by early 2017.
Make a reservation for one of the new cabins at Pickwick Landing State Park.
The five new cabins at Pickwick Landing State Park include a gas log fireplace, a full-size kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher, dishes, drinking glasses and silverware, a large flat screen TV in the living room and a flat screen TV in each of the bedrooms, equipped with queen to king-sized beds.
The eagle is the architectural inspiration behind the new Interpretive Visitors Center at Reelfoot Lake State Park
A new Interpretive Visitors Center at Reelfoot Lake State Park, slated to open in 2017, will have an "eagle" architectural design and will tell the history of this unusual Delta region with interactive, interior exhibits.
The new and engaging Children's Discovery Garden is currently under construction.
Discovery Park of America has announced a major expansion with a unique "Children's Discovery Garden" opening early 2017. Discovery Park will also enhance the STEM Landing display Spring 2017 with the addition of the Titan 1 Missile, the largest structure at Discovery Park.