Memphis attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Memphis

Graceland

If you only make one stop in Memphis, it should be here: the sublimely kitschy, gloriously bizarre home of the King of Rock and Roll. Though born in Mississippi, Elvis Presley was a true son of Memphis, raised in th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Memphis

Sun Studio

This dusty storefront is ground zero for American rock and roll. Starting in the early 1950s, Sun's Sam Phillips recorded blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, BB King and Ike Turner, followed by the rockabilly dynast…
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Housed partly inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is the gut-wrenching National Civil Rights Museum. Its immersive and compelling exhibits chronicle the struggle…
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Wanna get funky? Head directly to Soulsville, USA, where this 17,000-sq-ft museum sits on the site of the old Stax recording studio. This venerable spot was soul music's epicenter in the 1960s, when Otis Redding, Bo…
Museum in Memphis

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Graceland's new $45-million, 200,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art entertainment complex is five times the size of the old visitor center. Highlights include Presley Motors, housing Elvis' automobiles, and Presley's Cycles…
Landmark in Memphis

Memphis Pyramid

Don't laugh, but the most striking building in Memphis, a 32-story pyramid completed in 1991, is now home to an enormous Bass Pro Shop. Even if you don't need fishing gear or hiking boots, pop in to see the artifici…
Museum in Memphis

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

It was a long time coming, but Memphis finally has a shrine to its own. This small but well-done museum, the sister gallery to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, has some fascinating personal artifacts from its nativ…
Museum in Memphis

Blues Hall of Fame

Dedicated to Blues Hall of Fame inductees, this intimate and well-done space features a rotating art gallery on the lobby level and a small but well-curated line of bluesy exhibits downstairs, the highlight of which…
Museum in Memphis

Withers Collection Museum

Featuring content culled from a 1.8-million-strong photo archive, this museum and gallery pays tribute to the work of famed African American photojournalist Bill Withers. Some of his most iconic pictures, like the '…
Museum in Memphis

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum/Burkle Estate

This unimposing clapboard house is thought to have been a way station for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, complete with trapdoors, cellar entry and cubbyholes. Guided tours share details about the Railro…