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 music. 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 …
Top Choice Museum in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum

Housed across the street from the Lorraine Motel, where the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is the gut-wrenching National Civil Rights Museum. Five blocks south of Beale St, this…
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, Boo…
Park in Memphis

Mud Island

A small peninsula jutting into the Mississippi, Mud Island is downtown Memphis' best-loved green space. Hop on the tram ($4, or free with Mississippi River Museum admission) or walk across the bridge to the park, wh…
Museum in Memphis

Mississippi River Museum

The place to learn more about the cultural and natural history of the Big Muddy. Check out the scaled model of the lower Mississippi which includes a 40,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico aquarium schooling with sharks and r…
Church in Memphis

Full Gospel Tabernacle Church

On Sunday, put on your smell goods and head to services in South Memphis, where soul music legend turned reverend Al Green presides over a powerful choir. Visitors are welcome; it's a fascinating cultural experience…
Museum in Memphis

WC Handy House Museum

On the corner of 4th St, this shotgun shack once belonged to the composer called the 'father of the blues.' He was the first to transpose the 12 bars and later wrote 'Beale Street Blues' in 1916.
Gallery in Memphis

Brooks Museum of Art

At this well-regarded art museum on the park's western fringe, the excellent permanent collection encompasses everything from Renaissance sculpture to Impressionists to abstract expressionists.
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 cubby-holes.