Too often, visitors only see a handful of major attractions and miss some of the unique parts of the city that make Memphis great. There is plenty to see, do, eat, drink, learn, experience and enjoy in Memphis, but getting off the beaten path is part of the full Memphis experience! We are excited to partner with Memphis Tourism to bring you a list of unique places in Memphis, TN, where you can learn, explore and relax.
The Crystal Shrine Grotto: Creepy or beautiful? You decide. This man-made grotto was created by a Mexican artist over a period of almost 50 years and depicts the life of Christ. Surrounding the man-made cave is the beautiful 54-acre Memorial Park Gardens.
The River Walk: This five-block-long replication of the Mississippi River is a scaled model you can explore in less than a day. The sculpted area holds over 1.3 million gallons of water, and you can enjoy activities like pedal boat rides or a tour at the museum. Plus, the views here are gorgeous.
Stax Museum: You’ve probably already thought to check out Graceland and Sun Studio, but don’t forget about the museum for American soul music! It contains a rare and impressive collection of over 2,000 artifacts to preserve films, galleries, music, artistry and more. The most impressive item on display might be Isaac Hayes’ custom Cadillac Eldorado, which has a mini-bar, TV and 24-carat gold trim and is lined with white fur carpet.
The Metal Museum: Not the music genre, the art form! This hidden gem in Memphis shows off some very impressive sculpture and exhibits. Look at items created out of metal, everything from knives to jewelry. While you are checking out all of the man-made artifacts, be sure to scope the surrounding views of the bluff where the museum is housed.
Voodoo Café: Find out where this food truck is going to be and make sure you catch it! The truck took first place in the Memphis food truck competition for 2018 and will not disappoint. Many of the locals rave about the coffee (café con leche) and beignets. There are lots of different flavors to try, including Sweet Juju and the Dead Elvis (peanut butter, bananas and bacon).
Beale Street: This eclectic drive is filled with shops, art, cafes, restaurants, bars and so much more. You can spend hours here just exploring the different businesses along the street. Make sure you check out A. Schwab’s — Beale Street’s only remaining original business. It is part museum and part general store and offers locally sourced Memphis merch.
Check out more of our articles to read about the places and people in Memphis! We hope you like the views, flavors and displays that we have here. There is a lot to take in!
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