When you visit Memphis on a private tour, you can immerse yourself in the home of Soul, Blues, Rhythm and Rock.
The largest city in Tennessee is Memphis which is situated on the Mississippi River. It is a city that is full of culture and history with many important museums and monuments to visit on guided tours and not all of them related to music.
For instance, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at Mulberry Street in the Motel infamous for being the place where in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr was shot.
Other cultural places to visit are the Brooks Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Memphis and the Mississippi River Museum.
For an outdoor attraction to visit on sightseeing tours, then there is the Memphis Botanic Garden or the Lichterman Nature Centre. This is a wildlife sanctuary with a lake and many nature trails.
There are so many places to visit, delicious restaurants, barbecues and bars but the main reason tourist comes to Memphis is for the Music an its phenomenal history. Read More...
Theres No Guided Tour Like the One to the Home of Elvis Presley, Graceland
When it comes to Memphis, the majority of people think about Elvis Presley and the most popular guided tour to take is to his home, Graceland.
Other unique and famous places you must see on guided tour is Beale Street, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum, the STAX Museum of American Soul and of course Sun Studio where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, BB King and Jerry Lee Lewis are some of the famous musicians who recorded here.
Memphis is a city in the United States of America that everyone should visit if they can and not only music lovers.
Top 10 Things to Do in Memphis
Graceland on a guided tour and you will have walked in a national place of pilgrimage, the home of the great Elvis Presley. In the house, see his music room, Jungle Den, TV room, kitchen and dining room. Take tours of his business office and the trophy building where you see the costumes, jewelry, photos and gold records. Next lay flowers in the Meditation Garden where the star himself and other family members are buried.
The small building which is Sun Studio is another excellent and historic place to visit on a guided music tour. It was in this recording facility that such famous artist like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and BB King made sweet music and the place where their careers began. Amazingly, Sun Studio is still recording artists today. On a tour, you get an insight into the recording process.
The National Civil Rights Museum
An extraordinary guided tour to take in Memphis is of the Lorraine Motel on Mulberry Street. This is the infamous place where Martin Luther King JR was shot in 1968 which is now the National Civil Rights Museum. There are many fascinating and wonderful things to learn about on a tour of here. The centerpiece is the hotel room and balcony where Mr. King was shot and the interactive displays and amazing artifacts.
When you take a music tour of Memphis, you will be brought downtown to see many attractions such as Beale Street. This street is symbolic for ‘The Blues’ and where ‘Father of the Blues’ WC Handy’s House is located, a museum now, where the Memphis Blues and St. Louis Blues were composed. Also on this street is A. Schwab dry goods store which was founded in 1876 and its motto -ïf you can’t find it here, you don’t need it.
The Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum
The Rock ’n’ Soul Museum is a great guided tour to go on when in this great city of Memphis. It was created by the famous Smithsonian as a way to highlight pioneers in the music industry dating from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. When you are here, you can listen to songs in any of the seven entertaining galleries you tour. See the exhibits of costumes, instruments and other fascinating items related to music.
The STAX Museum of American Soul
Another music tour to take in Memphis is the STAX Museum of American Soul. There are not many museums in the world that are only purely for this genre so well worth a visit. The museum is done in the image of the original Star Records studio. In the museum are features on everything soul which includes exhibits with detailed information on stars, history and music with artifacts such as costumes and instruments.
The Children’s Museum of Memphis
Take a guided tour of the Children’s Museum of Memphis when you are here especially if you are travelling with children. There are plenty of hands-on displays for the young and old to interact such as the fun cityscape with a car mechanics, a bank, grocery store and others. Try the flight simulator which has a real cockpit from an airplane, cycle to Mars or climb through a heart and all its arteries.
The Brooks Museum of Art
For everyone who enjoys art, the Brook Museum of Art is a wonderful place to take a guided tour. You can find baroque paintings, sculptures and Italian Renaissance from the 13th century to the 18th century. There are more than eight thousand pieces in the permanent collections that include American sculptures from 19th and 20th century, French Bronzes, pieces from Africa, decorative art collections and so much more.
For a break or escape from the music and culture of Memphis, then take a sightseeing tour of the Memphis Zoo. This Zoo is very popular thanks to it being one of four zoos in the United States that have giant pandas. It also has other wonderful animals such as sea lions, polar bears and black bears in the Northwest Passage or the lions, cheetahs, tigers and antelope in the Cat Country. There are 500 species of animal to be seen.
Mississippi River Park and Museum
Take a sightseeing tour of the Mississippi River Park and Museum which is located on Mud Island otherwise known as Festival Island. It is a model of the course of the Mississippi from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico that is three-quarter of a mile long. It is part of the Mississippi River Museum which has a family park, an 1870 steamboat reproduction and galleries. In the River Park, there are lots of activities and trails.
Travel Tips for Tennessee
Best Time To Visit
There is no best time to visit the great city of Memphis because it is great all year round. All the best places to see can be done on guided tours of sightseeing tours throughout the year, but probably Autumn and Spring are better suited weatherwise, it is not so hot and humid then. The coldness of winter is not a problem and Christmas and the New Year celebrations can be quite special in Memphis.
Memphis is not very expensive to visit. Midday lunch or snack will cost around $12-$15 while a three-course evening meal with wine for two people will be approx. $65. Accommodation prices vary depending on the standard you want. A double room in a mid-range 3-star hotel will cost on average $100. Hostels are cheaper options. Public transport is cheap and very good. Taxis start from $4 for short trip.
Know Before Visiting
When arranging a trip to Memphis, it is advisable to book as much in advance of the date of travel as you can. There are great bargains to be got, the earlier you book. The same applies to sightseeing tours and guided tours because everyone who comes to visits, wants to see the same places and booking in advance is a must. Be wary of pickpockets and do not walk alone at night in dark areas.
Memphis has distinctive four seasons. Winter is cool but not bitter, Spring is starting to get warm and the place starts to bloom, Summer is hot and humid and Autumn/Fall is when the temperatures start to fall gradually. The temperatures in the summer months of July and August are averaging 33 degrees Celsius and the coldest winter months Of December and January are in the minus degrees Celsius.