Memphis and its residents are known for their hustle and soul, and nourishing the latter requires taking a break from the former every once in a while. If you’re facing time and/or budget constraints, going on vacation may seem unlikely at best and impossible at worst—but who says you need to leave home to kick back, have fun and shake things up? In Memphis, there are a lot of activities to choose from while you’re on a staycation. Read on for some of our top Memphis staycation tips.

Visit Graceland

Although Elvis Presley hasn’t lived in this impressive home for years, you wouldn’t know it—the stately mansion and its grounds have been preserved just the way they were when Elvis was alive. Take a guided tour of the premises to hear a brief history of the rooms and the notable items each contains, and seize this lifetime opportunity to walk on the same ground as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Even if you don’t consider yourself an Elvis fan, we bet you’ll develop a burning love for Graceland.

Explore the history of Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis features a renowned collection of photographs, film, and artifacts that give a comprehensive history of slavery, the civil war and the civil rights movement. Don’t miss the museum’s most iconic, somber offering: the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Of course, there’s more than one history museum in Memphis. To learn more about the music legends who have lived and worked here over the years, take your pick of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Don’t forget Sun Studio, which is home to a microphone used by Elvis Presley in addition to an array of other memorabilia.

Outside of the National Civil Rights Museum

Get active at Shelby Farms Park

The greenery of Shelby Farms makes this urban park the ideal place to kick back and relax, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s all there is to do here. The Go Ape treetop adventure course will have you swinging through trees, zip lining over Pine Lake and navigating a complex obstacle course—all under the watchful eye of your instructors, of course. What’s more, the paved Greenline connecting the park to Midtown Memphis is perfect for cycling, running and walking, and has been voted the best trail in Tennessee.

Enjoy your new perspective

Whether you spend your days off visiting local landmarks for the first time, exploring the history that surrounds you or communing with nature, it’s easy to have an enjoyable staycation in Memphis without breaking the bank. And while the suggestions above are a good place to start, we haven’t even scratched the surface.

For more amazing Memphis content, check out Choose901!

You Might Also Be Interested In…

 

The Peabody Memphis wins ‘Best Historic Hotel’

The Peabody Memphis has been named ‘Best Historic Hotel’ in USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards! Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody won 1st Place among a field of 20 historic hotels from around the country. The Peabody was the only hotel in Tennessee to be nominated. The top […]

 

Memphis Tiger football starts in September, and here’s the schedule!

Which do you prefer? The snap of leaves under your feet on a crispy fall afternoon or the tension in the air as Drew Kyser snaps the ball for what could be the winning run of the game? We have some good news for you: Starting on Saturday, Sept. 1, you won’t have to choose. […]

 

The 31st annual Cooper Young Festival heads to Memphis

The annual Cooper Young Festival is approaching! The 31st iteration of the event will be held on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it’s set to feature an abundance of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. These include—but are by no means limited to—those listed below. Shopping Ready […]