Memphis

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Memphis featuring a bridge and a river or creek

A mecca for music lovers and the barbecue-obsessed, this soulful Southern city manages to preserve tradition while maintaining a forward-looking spirit.

Memphis is a city forever associated with music. Elvis fans flock here to see the King’s over-the-top mansion, and the recording studio where he, together with the likes of Johnny Cash and B.B. King, all made music. When you’re not paying homage to Memphis’ musical greats, visit the city’s historic sites, explore top-notch museums and feast on succulent smoked meats.

Start your musical pilgrimage at Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. Examine his record collection, view the animal print and plant-dotted Jungle Room and pay your respects at his grave, which is located on the grounds. Music fans can also peek inside the venerable Sun Studio, where the likes of Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others all recorded their tracks. Browse the exhibits at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Educate yourself on Memphis’s history at a range of key locations. Top of any traveler’s list should be the National Civil Rights Museum, which is housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Also worth a look is the family-friendly Pink Palace Museum, where exhibits are devoted to history, culture and science. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum educates visitors on life in the pre-Civil War South.

For kids, Memphis offers a couple of superb animal-oriented attractions. Bring little ones to see the fountain-splashing ducks at the famous Peabody Hotel and the giant pandas at the Memphis Zoo. For adults hoping to experience the city’s legendary nightlife, take a stroll down the bar and blues club-lined Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

Memphis is located near the Mississippi River on the southwestern border of Tennessee. To get to Memphis, fly into Memphis International Airport. Use the trolley and public buses to navigate Downtown and Midtown. If you plan on exploring outside these neighborhoods, it’s advisable to rent a car. Plan your visit for spring or fall when the weather is warm but has yet to reach the sizzling summer highs of July and August.

Where to stay in Memphis

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland
2.5 out of 5
2979 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN, 38116
The price is £87 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Memphis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
3.7/5 Good! (961 reviews)
"We just needed a bed for the night. The hotel looked like it had been refurbished recently. Clean and nice bed. The Mexican restaurant next door had great food although we had to be scanned for knives or guns by a security guard."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Memphis Airport Graceland
Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
22 N B.B. King Blvd, Memphis, TN, 38103
The price is £165 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Memphis. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (922 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown, an IHG Hotel
The Guest House at Graceland
The Guest House at Graceland
4 out of 5
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN, 38116
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £233 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Memphis. Enjoy an outdoor pool, 3 restaurants and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,867 reviews)
"Clean and beautiful grounds nightly entertainment"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

The Guest House at Graceland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
3 out of 5
6141 Poplar Pike, Memphis, TN, 38119
The price is £125 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Memphis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (894 reviews)
"Decent place to stay. Carpet on inside of hotel needs cleaning."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Memphis
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
3 out of 5
7191 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Southaven, MS, 38671
The price is £155 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Southaven. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (264 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel, good friendly staff at the front desk and good location."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Memphis Southaven
Kasa Memphis Downtown
Kasa Memphis Downtown
4 out of 5
67 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38103
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Memphis. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV and digital TV. Popular attractions Beale Street and FedEx Forum are located nearby. Discover ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (32 reviews)
"Very clean and quiet stay. Communications were brief and clear (all via text message). Our whole experience was very good, we will stay again."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

Kasa Memphis Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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