Sightseeing, Memphis Style: Get Your Groove On!

Where to start?

That’s the first question to ask when planning a sightseeing tour of Memphis – and 10Best is here to help you make the most of your time in Memphis.

Our list of sights to see and tours to take include individual attractions as well as all-out tours, modes of transportation and a few must-hit spots.

Lots of folks think of Graceland as their first stop (and we do consider it a must-stop) but advise that starting your visit to Memphis where the city began – at the Memphis riverfront and downtown – is the ticket. Mud Island River Park and its museum and its outdoor scale model of the Mississippi is a great place to begin a Memphis tour – and get a real feel for the city. If there's only one place you have time to stop, however, we say it is the National Civil Rights Museum, which serves as a reminder of the fight for human rights throughout our history.

The Peabody Hotel is downtown's most famous landmark, and its ducks perhaps the most famous residents of Memphis. A few blocks from the Peabody is Beale Street, which you can see at night, or during a run through the city’s landmarks with other fitness-minded individuals.

There are a number of ways to tour Memphis while letting someone else do all the work. Tour providers Backbeat and Blues City each offer unique perspectives on Memphis, and the main Street Trolley and the Hop bus are two ways to sightsee without having to worry about maps and directions.



The tradition of the duck march started following a hunting trip in 1932. The story goes that then-general manager of the hotel and his hunting buddies, along with their live decoy ducks, stopped in the Peabody's ornate lobby bar for a glass or...  Read More



The Memphis Hop is a brilliant idea for the city; opened in 2013, the hop-on, hop-off bus service allows sightseeing as it's never been seen in the Bluff City. Buses travel from attraction to attraction, stopping hourly at each spot. From...  Read More

National Civil Rights Museum


The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a year-long, multi-million dollar rebirth, re-opening the full museum in 2014 with more interactivity, deeper exhibits, and an even better telling of the stories of the American civil rights movement....  Read More



Dedicated runners don't let travel get in the way of their mileage - and runners visiting Memphis now have a way to see the sights and fit in a run. Rockin' Running Tours offers running, walking or walk / run tours of the city on weekends...  Read More

Graceland Area


Graceland is the second most visited historic home in the United States, hosting more than 600,000 visitors who come to pay homage to the King. The mansion itself is really just a large family home, forever stuck in the design decade of the...  Read More



The lesser known of Memphis' major musical attractions, Stax is still one of the richest experiences in the city for music lovers. Home to what became known as the Memphis Sound, Stax is where Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha...  Read More



Once the center of black-owned businesses and nightclubs, Beale became the home of the blues at the turn of the 20th century - a waypoint along the trail from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. W.C. Handy lived - and performed - here, and...  Read More



A magical musical tour awaits for those who jump on the brightly decorated Backbeat bus; whether it's Memphis music in general, Elvis in particular, or a haunted trek around the city, each lively tour is accompanied by music, jokes and plenty of...  Read More



Mud Island is reached by an aerial tram (you may remember it from the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm) and features a to-scale model of the Mississippit River that one can walk along, noting the changing conditions of the river. The Mississippi...  Read More



It was the most anticipated opening of a store in Memphis, ever. The $190-million plus Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid - former home to the NBA's Grizzlies - opened in late April welcoming 35,000 customers its first DAY. The massive retail space...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally