3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38116, United States
This is it - the second most-visited house in the United States - preserved exactly as when Elvis Presley lived here, complete with the Jungle Room and shag carpeting. Elvis' grave is also here and can be viewed by visitors. Additionally, you can tour the auto museum, see the Lisa Marie and Jetstar airplanes, and view the Sincerely Elvis exhibit, all of which are across the street from the mansion, along with the ticket office. On August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' death, a candlelight vigil draws fans worldwide.
Right in the heart of Downtown Memphis lies the legendary Beale Street. Since its creation in 1841, Beale Street has always been a commercial hub for the city. As the years progressed and the street and the area around it built up, it became known as a common place for traveling black musicians to perform. With the advent of the Orpheum Theater and the Church Park, many nightclubs restaurants and shops began to really fill the area. Through the early 20th Century, legendary musicians like Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and BB King performed on Beale Street and developed the Memphis Blues sound, and Beale Street is recognized by many as where blues music really began. Today, Beale Street is a major attraction in the city of Memphis with legendary blues clubs, restaurants and shops that have been around almost as long as the street itself. The street is also known for hosting the massive Memphis in May and Beale Street Music Festival every year.
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
While speaking on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. You can relive history here by visiting the balcony and Dr. King's room, restored as it was when he was here to support the sanitation workers' strike. Through interactive multimedia exhibits you participate in the civil rights movement and learn its history from the 1600s through Rosa Parks and the freedom riders until today.
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a museum located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 926 East McLemore Avenue, the former location of Stax Records. It is operated by Soulsville USA, which also operates the adjacent Stax Music Academy.
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN 38112, United States
The Memphis Zoo, located in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Created in April 1906, the zoo has been a major tenant of Overton Park for more than 100 years.
In the old South, cotton was king and Memphis was the center of the cotton universe. The Memphis Cotton Exchange formed in 1874 to serve the interests of cotton growers and dealers in the Mid-South area. The Cotton Exchange Building, completed in 1924, is where prices were set, deals were sealed, and fortunes were made and lost. This Gothic-style building with beautiful arches has been featured in several movies made in Memphis. The building now houses offices and is not open for tours, but you can get a taste of the past at the Unknown Cafe in the basement. An office building without public hours.
190 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
St. Peter's Church, was designed by architect Patrick C. Keely. One of his more famous Gothic Revival churches is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in New York. His other churches can be seen in cities such as Philadelphia and Charleston, South Carolina. His designs are inspired by 13th-century Gothic design using such elements as martello towers, crenelations and pinnacles. Be careful if you park on busy Third Street, the traffic moves fast and the drivers are known for not watching for car doors opening. Ring the church office doorbell for admittance.
255 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Located in the center of Downtown, Memphis Cook Convention Center is a multi-purpose facility that specializes in hosting trade shows, conventions, conferences, performing arts and art exhibits. The 3,00,000 sq. ft. event space accommodates two exhibit halls, The Grand Ballroom, 30 meeting rooms, a conference center and the 2,100 seat Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. They also offer banquet catering and beverage service depending on your event needs.
118 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
The Fire Museum is located in the first firehouse in Memphis. Kids will love the video games and interactive videos that simulate firefighting, while parents will appreciate the exhibit of unusual firefighting equipment from the last two centuries. If you take the restored trolley from Union or Beale, you can disembark at the museum, then walk up the street to the National Civil Rights Museum, in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
119 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Peabody Place is part of an ambitious downtown renewal effort that includes complexes of restaurants, shops and apartments. Developer Jack Belz and his wife Marilyn have put their private collection of Chinese art on display for the public in a 7500 square-foot (232 square-meter) gallery. Some of the ivory and jade pieces date back to the Manchu Dynasty of the 17th Century. Stroll around Peabody Place and see what is attracting new residents to the downtown area.
191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Highlights of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum's permanent collection include several Elvis costumes, B.B. King's guitar (affectionately called "Lucille" by the legendary musician), and Dick Clark's American Bandstand podium. The museum also offers special temporary exhibits. The museum is available for private parties and events.
Stroll down the shady streets and imagine that you are a wealthy nineteenth century Memphian. Seventeen marvelous Victorian homes in this charming neighborhood were restored and preserved in the 1970s. Some of the most significant buildings in this area are the Mallory-Neely House, the Lowenstein-Long House, and the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Victorian-themed events and concerts are held here throughout the year as well as a Christmas exhibit. There is metered parking on the street, an easy walk to the homes.
69 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Memphians who work downtown have been lunching here since 1918. This is the best of Southern home cooking. Plate lunches offer standards such as fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, catfish, greens with hot sauce, black-eyed peas and wonderful cobblers for dessert. Sweet tea (iced) is the authentic drink with Southern food and your best bet here. No beer or wine is served. The decor, like the food, is designed to be homey and comforting in the middle of a stressful day. Works by local artists hang on the walls, adding to the feeling of being in someone's cozy home.
120 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Bistro-like atmosphere and service make McEwen's one of downtown's most comfortable restaurants. Its two chefs make lunch and dinner quite different experiences. Lunch offers excellent sandwiches, such as the Grilled Ahi tuna with Creole aioli and the roasted chicken salad. Salads include the savory grilled apple salad, and there is also a good selection of soups. Dinners are more elaborate and inventive. Standout dishes include smoked trout and potato pancakes, and an unusual lamb carpaccio. Portions are large!
Here at Mesquite Chop House, young executives, city managers and up-and-coming lawyers congregate for the refreshing Sunday brunch. The bar encourages regulars by keeping track of their favorite drinks. Every month they also have wine tasting days wherein you can sample their divine collection of wine.Enter this brick walled exterior, for a meal to remember!
52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
A favorite in Memphis, this restaurant is where locals take visitors for fun atmosphere and food. Technically, the ribs served at the Rendezvous are not barbecue - they are char-grilled with a dry rub of spices. But the slabs of ribs are huge, tender and reasonably priced. Barbecue sandwiches - filled with rich and juicy shreds of pork - as well as portions of both pork and beef ribs is a specialty here. Antique implements, signs and artifacts of the old South fill the warehouse-like space. The tables are close together, but the noise and crowds are part of the fun.
95 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Located in the heart of the busy downtown district, the Local Gastropub is a delightful bar ad restaurant. Enjoy delicious seafood platter while sipping on to some nice brew. The pub offers four large screens for sports viewing and the comfortable decor elevates the whole experience. Local Gastropub can also be hired for private events for up to 100 people. Check website for further details.
83 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Expect hip décor and great food at this restaurant, which serves up tasty Caribbean and Southwestern dishes. Sit at the bar and have one of the many flavors of martinis. The best seats, though, are by the window (with a view of the Peabody) and on the mezzanine. As for the food, the Voodoo Stew is a standout, with big chunks of seafood in a lusty sauce. Other specialties include the Coyote Chips—potato chips with a red pepper sauce—as well as the Coconut Mango Shrimp and the various polenta dishes. The lunch menu features large sandwiches such as salmon on sourdough bread.
149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Jose Gutierrez is the award-winning chef at this flagship restaurant of the Peabody Hotel. He creates imaginative dishes, grounded in traditional French cooking techniques, but with Pacific Rim and Southern influences.The Smoked Pork Tenderloin cooked with a glaze made from Jack Daniels Whiskey (a Tennessee product) and served with grits couscous. Other entrees are based on free-range chicken, black sea bass and guinea fowl. The pastas are excellent as well.The setting is possibly the most elegant in Memphis—velvet curtains, fresh roses on the tables, and gilded mirrors on the walls. Jackets are required for men.
This is the Peabody Hotel's second tier restaurant, after Chez Philippe. The setting is still elegant, and the food sophisticated—this is a place to linger over a meal with the well-dressed crowd. Service here is not as formal as at Chez Philippe, and sometimes has a very Southern, down-home flavor.The food is contemporary, with fusion elements. Local roots show in dishes such as Tennessee Persimmon Wood Smoked Chicken. Lunch offers salads and pasta dishes, and the homemade potato chips with blue-cheese dip draws locals back again and again. Desserts are irresistible. Try the Chocolate-Apricot Torte or the Sundried Cherry and Apricot Bread Pudding.
317 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Try this fun and interesting restaurant for a taste of local cuisine. The atmosphere, the friendly owner and the food combine for a down-home experience. Try the fried chicken, catfish, or fried green tomatoes. You will also find an array of salads and vegetables including turnip greens, mashed potatoes and green beans. Desserts include a rich bread pudding and German chocolate cake. A jungle motif provides an interesting and entertaining atmosphere, especially for the kids. The service is friendly and the owner is usually around to greet customers as they come in the door.
182 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall features live music every night of the week. The venue itself isn't the most glamorous, but the talent is undeniable. The resident performers, Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band play Friday through Monday. It's located next to the Rum Boogie Cafe, which is known for its delicious Cajun and barbecue dishes. Make a night of it and visit this venue for some great blues.
125 North Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
At Mud Island, see the twists and turns of the Mississippi River following the River Walk. Learn about the shipping of cotton on the river and the musical history made in cities along the river, from New Orleans jazz to Memphis blues. See the Memphis Belle, a historic WWII airplane. The Mud Island Amphitheatre on the island hosts concerts in the summer. To get there, ride the monorail.
Cannon Center, 255 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Home to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Cannon Center For The Performing Arts is a multi-purpose facility that can seat up to 2,100 spectators. It plays host to a variety of entertainment events, such as ballet, opera, jazz concerts, theatrical productions, children's theater and conferences. Tickets are available online and at the venue.
200 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
This 12,000-seat stadium is the home of the AAA baseball team, the Redbirds. Sponsored by AutoZone, a locally founded and headquartered car parts business, the stadium features 1500 club seats and 44 luxury suites with waiters, a lounge, and a bar for the high-rollers. The attached children's playground is an inspired touch, which will be much appreciated by families with restless youngsters. The architecture of the stadium has won awards, although there has been some criticism on the lack of parking provided for those attending games here.
203 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Having been slowly restored over the past 20 years, the Orpheum is now an astonishing architectural treasure from the 1920s, with its statues, carved woodwork, velvet curtains and opulent lobby. This is the home of Opera Memphis, the Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet. It is also the venue for traveling Broadway musicals. In the summer, the Orpheum shows classic movies like Casablanca, and hosts trivia contests and sing-alongs - fun for the whole family.
345 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Formerly known as The Last Place on Earth, this high-energy club is the first place to come to hear live music from local and touring bands. From "funk to punk," there is something on offer for everyone. Check out show dates and ticket information online at the venue's Web site. You can order tickets online or by phone and tickets of Stop 345 are available at the door for some shows.
191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
This arena is deemed as the most expensive public utility project in the history of Memphis. The construction of the FedExForum complex cost the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority a whopping $250 million. The arena can seat up to 20,000 spectators and you can expect to watch exciting basketball matches and events such as Disney on Ice. It is home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team.
330 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States
There is no telling who you will find playing at this historic theater on Beale Street, home of the blues. Most often, it is an act influenced by the blues, an up-and-coming band, or an alternative rock band. This small venue lets concert goers get close and seats offer great views of the stage. After a concert, wander down Beale Street for a drink or a different variety of live music to top off your evening's entertainment.
Gibson Rooftop is the best place in town to catch live performances of local and national bands. The venue is located on the top level of Gibson's Memphis Beale Street Showcase and is just a block away from the entertainment district. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and the music shows pull in a lot of crowd. So it's a great place for newcomers to showcase their talent. It is advisable to book the show tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.