Memphis Travel Guide

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Memphis Things to Do

  • Graceland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    GRACELAND MANSION . On Elvis Presley Blvd. Built 1939. The home of Elvis Presley. The original builder of the house was Stephen Toof , who named the property for his daughter, Grace. Presley purchased the home in 1957 and made many changes during the next 20 years he lived there. Today, more than 600,000 visitors make the pilgrimage to Graceland...

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  • Beale Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    On Beale Street you can walk around with open containers and drink out on the streets within the marked off, traffic less street section of Beale Street. you can buy a BIG ASS BEALE BEER ((( usually PBR))) at walk up windows or stands for only $5

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  • Mud Island

    Saturday July 6th, Noelle Lori-Elizabeth Teel, Tony and I visited Mud Island River Park in Memphis Tn. For only $10 each, you take the tram across the Mississippi River to the middle of the river to the Park and tour the Museum and enjoy the outside park areas including Picnic areas and concert areas..a must see!!! — at Mud Island River Park.

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Memphis Hotels

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Memphis Restaurants

  • Rendezvous

    4 out of 5 stars

    You have to appreciate a restaurant that labels a dish in its menu the "Main Thing"! It really does take a lot of guesswork out of ordering. With that, my friend TK and I both ask the whistling waiter at Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous for a full-order of pork ribs each and a pitcher of Ghost Rider beer to share. The waiter bursts into song as he walks...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE the Hard Rock Cafe! The one in Memphis is on Beale Street, so it fits in with the music halls and bars in the area. A wonderful collection of Memphis-area artists, including Staxx Records artists, and of course, the Sun Studios alumni Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The entire second floor is devoted to Elvis, and they have...

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  • Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We stopped at Neely's on our way out of Memphis. This is some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten! And it is super cheap! Only $8 for a full slab of ribs! This is a can't miss restaurant. It's in a more rundown part of town but you will find the clientele is more upscale, as it is a tourist spot. Definitely get the ribs!

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Memphis Nightlife

  • Beale Street

    Fun bands playing live in the street, and occasional acrobats performing tricks. A lot of good restaurants and bars. You can bring open drinks outside, so long as they're in a plastic cup. Perfectly safe; no traffic and plenty of police. Wear absolutely whatever you want. But do wear something.

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  • B.B. King's

    b.b. king's blues club is named after famous blues guitarist b. b. king. this large bar and restaurant offers live entertainment daily. a visit to beale street would not be complete with out stopping at b. b. kings. casual.

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  • Silky O'Sullivans

    Silky's... that took me back to 1978 when me an 3 other fellow airmen took a jaunt down there from Blytheville AFB Ark.we each came back with a bucket(Which caught up with us the next day), and also a lot of great memories. I would return there in a flash if i could, that's how much we enjoyed the place!

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Memphis Transportation

  • Trolley

    These run quite often, go near most attractions in Memphis not airconditioned and opened windows bring in bugs. If you are disabled or elderly you will have to call MATA and let them know 2 weeks before you come to visit so that they can issue you a proper id. Once you get this you will not have to pay full fare. Having an id from your own state...

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  • Mud Island Monorail

    Saturday July 6th, Noelle Lori-Elizabeth Teel, Tony and I visited Mud Island River Park in Memphis Tn. For only $10 each, you take the tram across the Mississippi River to the middle of the river to the Park and tour the Museum and enjoy the outside park areas including Picnic areas and concert areas..a must see!!! — at Mud Island River Park.

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  • Ride MATA

    While the Trolley part of MATA is relatively safe and fun, I would NEVER suggest that a tourist take the city bus anywhere. I made the mistake of doing that while attempting to get to Graceland, and it was absolutely horrible. Lots of beggars, thugs, just a very generally unsafe situation. We were so stressed out by it that we ended off getting off...

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Memphis Shopping

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  • Beale St.

    There are all kinds of shops on Beale Street. From your typical t-shirt souvenir shops, to music stores, to craft stores. We went in every one we saw, looking for nothing in particular. We bought a few things, but mostly had fun looking through all of the unique merchandise! In addition, the vendors on the street were incredibly friendly! Anything...

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  • Peabody Place

    Peabody Place is part of a downtown renewal effort that includes complexes of restaurants, shops and apartments. We saw it from the sightseeing van, but did not go in. Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 12:30 AM Sunday, 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM Movies may start as late as 12:30 AM Monday-Saturday and as late as 10:30 PM on Sunday Starbucks opens at 7:00 AM,...

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  • Tater Red's Voodoo Shop

    Saturday, July 6th at Tater Red's Mojo and Voodoo Shop on Beale Street with Noelle Lori-Elizabeth Teel — at Tater Red's Lucky Mojos.

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Memphis Local Customs

  • Elvis

    Elvis will always be a part of our history, and I remember hearing stories about him, as I was growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. I was just a teenager when I heard the news about his death. I cried. I admired the man for his generous nature and of course, his many talents. I had wanted to see him in concert one day, but I never had the chance. I...

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  • Music

    May is quite possibly the best time to visit Memphis. It's finally warmed up & Memphis in May is back! Memphis in May is a festival we have been celebrating here in Memphis for many years. Each year a different country is selected for us to celebrate. People representing that country are brought to Memphis to share their culture with us. For 2005...

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  • Memphis in May International Festival

    May is quite possibly the best time to visit Memphis. It's finally warmed up & Memphis in May is back!Memphis in May is a festival we have been celebrating here in Memphis for many years. Each year a different country is selected for us to celebrate. People representing that country are brought to Memphis to share their culture with us. For 2005 we...

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Memphis Warnings and Dangers

  • Walking

    I took this trip with two of my college track teammates...three younger girls. We went out every night, walked back to the hotel in the wee hours of the morning, and drove through the run-down part of town to get to Graceland. And had no problems AT ALL. Were nervous for maybe the first five minutes we were there. Just have some sense about it....

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  • SURPRISED

    Surprised Memphis is always in the top for crime....As a native Atlantan, I figured it would be much worse than what I was "used to."Some parts are questionable & hubby carries a gun anywhere he goes but we had a blast while we were there. Wasn't scared the first time (other than when we got lost and couldn't find a non-questionable gas station to...

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  • Stay on the beaten path

    Beggars, hustlers, and other shady characters are everywhere on and around Beale street. I just walked 100 yards from the Hampton Inn to a restaurant on Beale Street and was approached by two different beggars asking for money. The first one wreaked of alcohol and cold barely walk. The second one followed me for awhile before stopping me. He was...

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Memphis Tourist Traps

  • Graceland

    Graceland is always busy with visitors and the mediation garden where Elvis is buried is a must see but is never quiet whilst the tours are on. You are allowed to take a camera with you, but no video cameras. Graceland open the gates at 7am until 8am every morning. You are allowed to walk up to the house to the mediation garden. A wonderful...

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  • Peabody Ducks

    It seems like this is the attraction for children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 60. We got pushed out of the way by BOTH groups. We arrived about 20 minutes early and had a decent position, until people started weaseling in front of us. They make a big spectacle for about 10 minutes before the ducks actually come off the elevator....

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  • River Boats

    They used to travel up and down the Mighty Mississippi. Now they just take tourists for a round trip of a few miles. Somehow, I don't think the feel onboard would be anything like it used to be.

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Memphis What to Pack

  • September travel

    We were there sept 1-6 and we had weather between 95 to 100 degrees. There is a breeze from the Mississippi River so it was not too bad for me. However, if you are traveling with someone who has hot flashes this could be murder. I recommend shorts and skirts to keep cool. I find that bathing in lavendar, avoiding eating sugar and bug spray kept...

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  • Hot summers, cold winters

    Be prepared for tons of humidity and mosquitos in the summer. It can get extremely hot here. I never understood how true that was until I took a trip to Seattle one summer. When I hopped off the plane upon returning to Memphis the humidity hit me like a ton of bricks. It can get quite cold in the winter, so bring a warm coat.

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  • Packing List

    You can bring a suitcase if you like, and if you're going to leave it in your hotel. Other than that, a day pack is good to haul your camera, video cam, and the like in. Memphis can be very, very hot in the summer. Girls, its gets pretty humid, so be aware of that when your hair either frizzes or goes flat!! As with any vacation, wear very comfy...

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Memphis Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks

    OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has...

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  • Museums

    If you have a chance and like history, check out the Woodruff-Fontaine House at 680 Adams Ave. They are open Wednesday thru Sunday and they have limited hours so check their website but it is worth it. The place is so beautiful and I thought I had stepped into another era. It was owned by one of Memphis' leading men back in the day and you can tell...

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  • Brewery or Winery

    Cordova Cellars (Winery) 9050 Macon Road; Cordova, TN 38018 Phone: 901-754-3442 Admission: FREE!! Hours: Tues-Sat, 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p This great little (emphasis: LITTLE) winery is just northeast of Memphis and I highly recommend it if you love wine! They have wine tastings, tours, and a little gift shop that sells everything from Cordova Cellars...

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Memphis Sports & Outdoors

  • Pro Teams

    This is the park for the minor league Redbirds. It has a number of features including Redbirds fans enjoy: * An Open Concourse allowing them to never lose sight of the game * The Wolfchase Toyota Picnic Pavilion hosting as many as 500 fans * Lawn seating on the Bluff (Please Note: No Chairs Allowed) * Two Upper Club levels with 48 Club...

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  • Autozone Park

    This is the park for the minor league Redbirds. It has a number of features includingRedbirds fans enjoy: * An Open Concourse allowing them to never lose sight of the game * The Wolfchase Toyota Picnic Pavilion hosting as many as 500 fans * Lawn seating on the Bluff (Please Note: No Chairs Allowed) * Two Upper Club levels with 48 Club Suites * Club...

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  • Come to the Civil Rights Baseball game

    One of the most important pre-season Major League baseball events is the Civil Rights game, held at the minor league stadium, AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis. Beginning just in 2007, the annual game honors acheivements in civil rights at large and celebrates African-American players past and present. There is much interest generated for the event...

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Memphis Favorites

  • Graceland.

    Cheesey? Of course, but you have to go to Graceland if you're going to be in Memphis. Follow the visit with a stop at Beale Street for lunch or dinner. I'm sure you've heard this before, but Graceland is TINY! They give you headphones that explain the rooms and you walk through at your own pace. I was dropped off by a shuttle at noon who was...

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  • Information

    I stopped at this visitors center on my way into Memphis - just to use the bathroom, to be honest. What I found there was a full-service visitors center, complete with gift shop, information kiosks, and a very friendly an helpful staff member. As I was purchasing some postcards, the staff member asked me what I planned to do in Memphis. I told her...

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  • Combination Tips

    Where do i start there are so many places to go to it has to be Graceland Elvis presleys home. Also Sun studios. and Beale street. My fondest memory was when I walked through the gates at Graceland for the first time and to be able to go inside Graceland it will be something i will never forget. I have wanted to go there since i was very young. I...

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