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.