The Memphis Sound
Updated: Feb 9
The Memphis experience is ready for you! Can you handle the excitement?
Memphis has an unlimited cadre of unique experiences to offer for all interest levels. Be sure you have ample time to do Memphis your way. Herein we share the great experiences and adventures you can conquer -- museums, activities, hotels, restaurants, and the music that make Memphis rock 'n' roll.
It is always great to share a first-hand experiences to help others have a better time! I traveled solo and joined the group of travel agents upon arrival. The secrets of Memphis are in my repertoire and I am well-prepared to make your visit exceptional.
Our tour began at the I-40 Welcome Center, on the Mississippi River, across from Arkansas. We were welcomed by the two kings, B. B. King and Elvis Presley.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Former Underground Railroad station with a basement where slaves hid before heading North to freedom.
Beale Street was officially named the Home of the Blues by Congress.
National Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the historic Lorraine Motel, An immersion of the civil rights struggle . . . the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, and Isaac Hayes' gold-plated, peacock blue Superfly Cadillac Eldorado.
LeMoyne-Owen College. A four-year liberal arts college in the historic Soulsville district and Memphis’ only historically black college.
The Historic Mason Temple. Where Dr. King gave his famous and last speech, I've Been to the Mountain Top. He was assassinated on the next day.
Upon stopping at the I Am A Man Plaza we were fortunate to have an inside visit to the Clayborn Temple, an organizing location for the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike.
Other historic landmarks on our tour included the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, the Mississippi River, Auction Square, Cotton Row, and historic neighborhood sites.
The Adventure Continues
For the next several days our adventure continued with other major attractions. We visited to several hotels in Memphis suitable for groups and individuals.
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, mega sports store, hotel, live alligators, glass floor observation deck 28th floor, and restaurant at the top; former Grizzlies' home.
Beale Street Landing. At the foot of Beale Street is the home to the American Queen Steamboat Company and Memphis Riverboats.
Graceland. No visit to Memphis is complete without a tour of the Elvis Presley home. Airplanes, stage costumes and the Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertainment Complex.
Peabody Ducks. What a red carpet entry to the Peabody Hotel lobby water fountain.
Where To Stay
It is best to stay downtown on the trolley lines for easy access to attractions; request room on the quiet side. Amtrak is about two quick blocks from the trolley line. We met the staff and toured several hotels with nearby restaurants, venues, etc.
Where To Eat
Lookout at the Pyramid. Indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the Memphis skyline.
Jim & Samella’s House. Mouthwatering memories. You will want to return again!
Be sure to find your way to Central BBQ -- pulled pork, brisket, ribs, wings, smoked sausage, homemade potato chips -- and barbecue nachos.
Food Truck Thursday @ Court Square. A foodie paradise! You will definitely want more than one lunch from the different vendors.
For Your Entertainment
Beale Street -- it's going on in every club, corner, nook, cranny, garden, and alcove. In the summer, Wednesday night is Bike Night, motorcycles galore. B. B. King’s Blues Club, Hard Rock Café, the W. C. Handy Home & Museum, etc.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis Symphony Orchestra home; opera, concerts. The Orpheum Theatre, Broadway shows, films, special events, etc.
Golf, tee off for your hole-in-one experience. Basketball enthusiasts can hoop at the FedEx Forum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers. AutoZone Park has the baseball diamond. Memphis is the home base for FedEx.
Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. Showcases artists that put Memphis music on the map -- jug bands and jazz orchestras to blues, rock, soul . . . .
Sun Studio. Where Elvis made history and other music greats got their start.
Contact Travel With Serenity to book your historic Memphis getaway – solo, couple, family, group. Let us handle the stress-free planning!
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