In a city as visually stunning as Memphis, there’s no shortage of Instagrammable places.

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Here’s a list of just some of them:

The Memphis Sign

In 2019, the Memphis sign at Mud Island Park was made to celebrate Memphis’ Bicentennial. This celebration was dubbed “A New Century of Soul,” and with that, crowds came flocking to take a selfie and the sign became Memphis’ newest Instagram Sensation.

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Beale Street District

The Beale Street Historic District offers everything from the gospel hub that is the Beale Street Baptist Church to the brightly lit bars and clubs that come alive when the sun goes down. The only problem with this part of town might be that there’s simply too much to photograph!

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The Memphis Pyramid

Did you know Memphis is home to one of the tallest pyramids in the world? It reminds us of the connection to the Egyptian city after which Memphis, Tennessee, was named. Our pyramid houses a bar, an aquarium, a restaurant, a massive Bass Pro Shops location and more!

The Orpheum Theatre

This center of arts and entertainment is the place to go for everything from concerts to comedy. Although the theater’s architecture isn’t the main attraction, it’s stunning in its own right, and includes lavish chandeliers, moldings and a huge pipe organ.

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The Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo’s themed seasonal setups ensure you’ll have something new to look at every time you visit. Of course, there’s also a plethora of animals and activities to enjoy and photograph: ice-skating, camel-riding, feeding the giraffes, visiting the playground, riding the carousel and more.

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Graceland

Once the home of Elvis Presley, the Graceland mansion and the surrounding grounds are now a shrine to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. There’s an abundance of color to capture here, from the greenery of the Jungle Room to the pastel pink of Elvis’ 1955 Cadillac.

Stax Museum

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music traces the origins of soul and showcases legendary musicians such as Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes along the way. Don’t miss the carefully reassembled, circa-1906 Mississippi Delta church inside the building.

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Big River Crossing

Photograph the dramatically varied landscape of Memphis and beyond while walking the longest public pedestrian/bike bridge across the Mississippi River. Whether you prefer urban, rural, or natural areas, Big River Crossing has something for you.

Memphis Botanic Garden

You’re bound to snap at least one perfect photo of the flowers, plants and trees of all kinds spread out across the Memphis Botanic Garden’s 96 acres, which include 28 specialty gardens.

Festivals

Memphians love to party! Capture artists and art-lovers enjoying October’s RiverArts Fest; get some epic shots of performers at the Beale Street Music Festival, Gonerfest, and the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival; honor rich cultures from close to home and across the globe at the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival and the Memphis Greek Festival; and more!

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Shelby Farms Park

As one of the largest urban parks in the country, Shelby Farms Park offers an oasis of greenery for city slickers and nature photographers alike. Come by in December to see the park transformed into a winter wonderland for the Starry Nights holiday festival.

AutoZone Park

Take a deep dive into one of America’s greatest traditions at AutoZone Park, otherwise known as the baseball stadium of the Memphis Redbirds. If you’re not into sports—or sports photography—sit back and enjoy the aesthetic. The crisp red-and-white uniforms, the sparkling green of the grass… we can practically see the Instagram likes in your future already!

Bonus

Hit the streets

OK, “the streets” isn’t exactly a specific location, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to encourage you to snap some shots of the daily hustle and bustle of Memphis life. Street photography can be compelling no matter what you’re shooting, and when you add the Memphis vibe, you’re bound to capture some gold.

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