Local Attractions


gracelandGraceland - Elvis had his own unique style that set fashion trends worldwide. Check out Elvis’ influence on fashion by taking a look inside the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s closet in a new 2010 exhibit Elvis Presley: Fashion King. And if you are a guest who opts for the VIP Tour, you will enjoy two new exhibits as part of our VIP-tour exhibit area. Visit

zooMemphis Zoo - Today, the Memphis Zoo stands as a crown jewel for the city. It is Memphis’s highest attended attraction and is ranked the top zoo in the country by two independent surveys. The Zoo’s conservation programs circle the globe – from cooperative programs in China for giant pandas to local efforts to save the Louisiana pine snake. More than 90,000 children see the Zoo on annual field trips and more than 100,000 people visit on free admission every year.

beale-streetBeale Street - It first rang out over the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. It migrated to the streets and clubs of Memphis. It went on to influence the sound of music all over the world. Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. And it all starts here on Beale Street.

airportMemphis International Airport - Memphis International Airport, "America's Aerotropolis" is a world-class facility serving more than 10 million passengers a year. It is the only airport in North America considered to be an "aerotropolis," an airport-integrated region extending outward from the airport in strings and clusters of airport-linked businesses and their associate residential complexes.

civil-rights-museumNational Civil Rights Museum - The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement  and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

playhousePlayhouse on the Square - Producing a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work that speaks to the intelligence, the soul, and the imagination of the Memphis community, Playhouse on the Square provides a nurturing artistic home for actors, directors, designers, and staff in which they can practice their craft and share their talent; and makes all of their productions available through access, outreach, and educational activities to everyone in the community regardless of financial circumstances.

sun-studioSun Studio - Sun Studio was opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business. Artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, signed to the Sun Records label recorded there throughout the latter 1950s until the studio outgrew its Union Avenue location.

the-bbq-shopThe Bar-B-Que Shop - We at the Bar-B-Q Shop in Memphis, Tennessee, the barbeque capital of the world, are proud to share our award-winning Dancing Pigs Bar-B-Que Sauce with our many customers. Even though we barbeque with perfection, it is our delicious sauce and friendly service that has aided our restaurant in becoming No. 1. Long time Memphians may remember us as "Brady & Lil's".

central-bbqCentral BBQ - We're keepers of the flame of Memphis Style Bar-B-Que. Owners Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis are restaurant veterans and longtime participants in the Memphis in May International World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. We opened the restaurant in April of 2002 and have been building a name since. Stop by for the best ribs and BBQ in Memphis. While you're at it get some of our award winning Memphis wings or try our mouthwatering BBQ nachos. If you're still hungry, for dessert we've got great homemade cheesecake and peanut butter pie.

spindiniSpindini's - Spindini is a Memphis favorite that specializes in "Simply Elegant Italian." They specialize in traditional Italian food prepared with a modern twist. You'll also see that the menu denotes dishes cooked in the wood-burning oven, made with organically-grown produce harvested at Woodland Farms, a company owned farm, or made with honey from Spindini's own bee hives.

arcadeArcade Restaurant - The Arcade has the honor of being Memphis' oldest restaurant. Speros Zepatos founded the diner in 1919 after emigrating from Cephalonia, Greece. Situated at the corner of South Main Street and Calhoun Avenue, the original building was a small, one story, wood framed building. Food was actually cooked on potbelly stoves! In 1925, Speros tore down the wood structure and built the Arcade Building in a Greek revival style, complete with retail stores to signify the "Arcade" name.

kooky-canuckKooky Canuck - Kooky Canuck in Memphis, Tennessee, is destined to become your favorite local restaurant. Our very experienced staff will make your dining experience pleasant and our cooks will leave your mouth watering for more! Conveniently located right in the middle of downtown, you'll want to enjoy this unique lodge atmosphere with log cabin walls and fabulous hunting trophies including bison, caribou, wildebeest, white tail, and antelope as often as possible.

majesticMajestic Grille - While dining at The Majestic Grille you might expect to see Myrna Loy & William Powell sitting at the bar, zinging witty one-liners at each other over ice-cold martinis. Originally built in 1913 as the Majestic No. 1, a silent picture house that entertained Memphians for three decades, the restaurant gives diners a glimpse of the heady Hollywood days of ol’. From the beautifully restored Beaux Arts décor to expertly prepared classic cocktails to warm, gracious service to Chef/Owner Patrick Reilly’s award wining, yet remarkably comfortable food, you find yourself feeling transported to another time


hiToneHiTone - Memphis' leading Music Venue for both local and national touring acts while serving the best New York style Gourmet pizza in the city (the rest of the menu is tremendous too)

lamplighterLamplighter - The Lamplighter Lounge is Midtown’s living room. So much so that last night, several redheaded young men came in and ordered bottles of Pabst in their pajamas. It’s the definition of a dive bar, meaning that drinking at the Lamplighter is like drinking in your grandma’s basement. There’s no liquor at the Lamplighter, only cheap beer and food!

blue-monkeyBlue Monkey - A fun bar with a restaurant quality menu. I have been pleasantly surprised by the menu items, much better than the typical pub grub one has come to expect when going to bars. Great atmosphere and tons of live music. Service is always great.

blues-cityBlues City - Enjoy the Best meal on Beale at the Blues City Cafe in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues City menu includes such favorites as our Famous BBQ Ribs, Southern Fried Catfish, Broiled Steaks, and the Worlds Best Homemade Tamales. Our friendly staff and world famous menu has drawn the attention of presidents and celebrities alike.

bb-kingsBB King’s - Come sit with us for a while and enjoy B.B. King's favorite dishes as you listen to the best of Memphis music! Then get ready to get up and dance the night away to the great live music we present to you every night on world-famous Beale Street. B.B. King's features such Memphis music stars as Will Tucker, Preston Shannon, The BB King All-Stars and many more!   Learn More

rum-boogieRum Boogie - Of all the clubs and bars on Beale Street, Rum Boogie Cafe is the one not to miss. If their superfine rum selection and beer aren't enough to entice you, the Cajun and barbecue menu should--ribs, fried catfish, gumbo and red beans and rice served by fast and friendly servers. Nighttime is all about hot music with the house-favorite James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band.  Open 7 Days A Week from 11am to 2am!!!

alfredsAlfred’s - Alfreds on Beale opened in April 1986, becoming the first club on Beale Street to showcase Rock N Roll music. Memphis is the “Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock N Roll” and we keep that tradition alive by featuring a variety of music including dance bands, acoustic bands, solo artists, and even karaoke. We are also the proud home of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece big band which is featured every Sunday night.

silkysSilky O’Sullivan's - Of all the things to do and see, nothing keeps people returning to Silky's quite like our selection of smooth, cold, name-your-proof libations. Silky's has a full bar stocked with whatever you need to shake your thirst. Whether you want a domestic beer or something a little more unique - we have it. If you're looking for a great place to eat, drink, dance, or just enjoy yourself we are your place on Beale in Memphis, TN!


peabody-hotelPeabody Hotel - In the heart of “Blues City,” you'll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel. The Peabody itself is also one of Memphis' most popular attractions. The Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933. Whether visiting for business or leisure, our Southern hospitality is sure to exceed your expectations.

holiday-innHoliday Inn Select Downtown - Located where the beat begins in Downtown Memphis, the Holiday Inn Select Downtown offers you the finest in comfort, convenience, and service. Situated directly across from the historic Peabody Hotel, next door to AutoZone Ballpark, Home of the Memphis Redbirds, two blocks from Beale Street and the FedEx Forum, home of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. The Holiday Inn Select Downtown is also within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and attractions, you couldn't ask for a more ideal location.

hamtonHampton on Beale - Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 144 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax?

hiltonHilton Hotel - The Hilton Memphis hotel in Memphis, Tennessee is located in the heart of the East Memphis business district and a short drive from Beale Street, FedEx Forum, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Zoo, Liberty Bowl, Memphis International Airport (MEM), The University of Memphis, The University of Tennessee at Memphis, the Civil Rights Museum, the Loraine Hotel, and downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

double-treeDoubletree East - Welcome to the Doubletree Memphis, a Hilton brand hotel, your ideal choice for Memphis Tennessee hotels! The Doubletree Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee provides lodging in Memphis near University of Memphis and Memphis International Airport.  The Doubletree Memphis is also conveniently located near Memphis Tennessee attractions such as shopping malls, boutiques, shops, recreation, theater and restaurants.

RiverRiver Inn Harbour Town The charm of the Old South meets the intimate style of Europe and the rich history of Mud Island at River Inn of Harbor Town. Overlooking the Mississippi River near downtown Memphis, Tennessee, the River Inn, a Ladies Traveler preferred hotel has impressive architecture, accented by gas-lit lanterns, decorative wrought iron, blooming window boxes and colorful umbrellas dotting the rooftop terrace.

WhisperingWhispering Woods Set in the midst of 175 beautifully wooded acres, Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center is the ideal place to get down to business. When you need to plan and execute your next successful sales meeting, strategic planning session or hi-tech training - or any other type program - in a unique retreat setting, Whispering Woods, located on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, is the perfect place.

Comfort_InnThe Comfort Inn Downtown, a Downtown Memphis hotel near the Mississippi River is a great place for family vacations and business travel. Overlooking the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park, this Memphis, TN hotel is located in historic downtown, on the trolley line. FedEx Forum sports and entertainment venue, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum are also close by.

Residence Residence Inn Downtown - Escape to a stunning Memphis, Tennessee hotel located in the heart of the city, boasting exceptional service in a warm & welcoming atmosphere. The Memphis Marriott Downtown, the largest hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, is situated on the Memphis Trolley line and is conveniently located near exciting area attractions such as the National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, AutoZone Park & the FedEx Forum


Local Attractions

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