Narrowing down the list of attractions to only 10 is difficult in any city, but especially Memphis, where music, history, the arts and outdoors are all a lure.
Planning a long weekend or a week-long vacation should start with the thing that is uniquely Memphis: American music. The blues found its first wide audience at the clubs on Beale Street, and Elvis Presley brought the world a new sound from the tiny Sun Recording Service. Graceland, of course, is one of the most-visited historic homes in the United States, and truly a frozen-in-time experience that draws longtime fans of the King, as well as new ones who weren’t even alive when he died. Stax, known as Soulsville USA, brought the sound of soul to the world – and is an excellent interactive museum, as is the National Civil Rights Museum.
The retail extravaganza that is the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is a can't miss, even if you have zero interest in the outdoors. With a bowling alley, aquarium, and pyramid peak observation deck, it's a delight to experience. With its setting on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, nature is an integral part of Memphis, and exploring nature can involve everything from a simple walk along the Mighty Mississippi, to exploring the Mighty Mississippi at Mud Island Riverpark.
Memphis is a casual town that’s easy to explore and navigate by car – and our guide to the city’s best attractions is just the start of a Memphis adventure.