Best Places in Memphis to Take Out-of-Towners

Memphis is a city rich in culture and history. Whether you’re into historic tours, concerts, music legends, nature, beer, or fine foods – Memphis has it all!

Along the Mississippi River

Ever heard of Mud Island? Well, to get there you’ll need to ride the monorail (only a couple of dollars). Once there, you can visit the Mississippi River Museum, walk the length of the river itself (Big River Crossing pedestrian bridge), catch a show at the Mud Island Amphitheatre, or even take a riverboat ride.

Now, for something really different, visit The Pyramid (sorry, no mummies here). To get there, you’ll first have to ride the country’s tallest free-standing elevator up 28 stories (300 feet). Considering the structure is glass on all sides, you’re guaranteed some spectacular views. Once at the top, you’ll be in the Lookout, an out-of-this-world restaurant and bar. Head outside to the glass-bottomed observation decks where you’ll get the best 360-degree view of Memphis.


Whether you’re an Elvis fan or not, this is a must-see attraction for both locals and out-of-towners. Explore this mansion tour and learn all about the hip rocking, superstar entertainer. You will find yourself immersed in Elvis’ car and airplane collections, his ponies, his show-stopping outfits, and so much more.

Finally, at the gates to Graceland, grab a marker and leave your mark (literally) on the sidewalk, stone wall, and other surfaces surrounding the property (don’t worry, it’s legal!). Fans have been doing this Elvis was still living at the mansion. It’s a tried and true tradition!

Tired of seeing how the rich and famous live? Take a trip over to Beale Street and snap a photo with one immortalized in stone (bronze) instead! The bronze statue of Elvis was erected on Beale Street in 1997. Channel your inner Elvis and nail the stance for a truly memorable pic.

Beale Street

Beale Street is the place to visit for music lovers. The Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum is at the corner of B.B. King Blvd and Beale Street and provides a comprehensive journey of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music. Here you’ll be face-to-face with priceless artifacts and memorabilia. As a side note: Shelby County residents get free admission on Tuesdays from 2-7 p.m.

Ready to keep going? Great! Make sure to stop by one of the many bars and grab yourself a Beale Big A** Beer for the journey. Oh – and once you’ve downed that chilly and delicious beverage – grab yourself another one inside A. Schwab. After perusing the gifts, shirts, and other Memphis swag, head to the back of the store and grab yourself an old-timey malt, milkshake, soda, or choose your own adventure!

Feel your stomach rumbling? No worries! You can have the Best Ribs Ever at Blues City Café or a thin, deep-fried burger at Dyer’s. Beale Street has a plethora of foods to accommodate any and all appetites.

The Oddities

Go mural hunting! Memphis has become a hot spot for mural artists. You can catch amazing artwork almost anywhere in the city. Go on an impromptu scavenger hunt and see how many pictures you can get. Check out the Memphis Art Project to learn more. And don’t forget to post those pics (Memphis and its artists will thank you)!

Speaking of photo ops – visit any of the 1950s and 60s inspired establishments for a retro-esque souvenir. Make sure to snag one of those snazzy frames from any one of the number of shops to frame your photo forever.

We hope your visitors have fun and enriching experiences! Share your pics with us on Facebook!

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