Memphis is a city rich with history and culture— what else would you expect from the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the epicenter of the civil rights movement? There’s no time like the present to discover Memphis by foot, via riverboat or through an organized Memphis tour.
Sun Studio Tour
This small recording studio may not look like much at first glance, but its place in music history is incomparable. Elvis Presley recorded “That’s Alright Mama” right here in 1954, and the studio was frequented by B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash to boot. On a tour at Sun Studio, you’ll get the chance to see the equipment these legends used with your very own eyes!
You simply cannot visit Memphis without going to Graceland. After all, it’s one of the most-visited houses in the United States, second only to the White House. Be sure to swing by The King’s famous Jungle Room while you’re on the premises! What’s more, the VIP tour includes access to the car museum that houses Elvis’ iconic pink Cadillac, as well as the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of his most recognizable stage costumes.
Memphis Riverboat Tours
Old-fashioned riverboats serve as the perfect vehicle to explore the Mississippi River in style. And why not spring for a themed excursion that includes dinner and fireworks? There’s no better way to learn about the history of Ol’ Man River.
Beale Street Tour
This major tourist attraction is lined with blues clubs, bars and restaurants, gift shops and live music everywhere you turn. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment on Beale Street. Music fans might want to consider timing their visit to coincide with the annual Beale Street Music Festival, which brings together artists from different genres against the backdrop of this iconic landmark.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
Memphis has no shortage of pioneers who overcame social barriers to create music that changed the world, and this museum celebrates them all in one place. The audio tour is positively overflowing with more than 300 minutes of information, including snippets from over 100 songs. Don’t forget to check out the galleries of stage costumes and instruments!
National Civil Rights Museum
This history of our country’s civil rights movement dates all the way back to the 17th century. The National Civil Rights Museum is the place to go for audio, images and films that will open both your eyes and your heart.
Whether you’re moving to Memphis or just dropping by for a visit don’t miss these essential and informative tours.