We don’t hide the fact that we love Memphis. Memphis, TN made its mark on the world with pioneers in the music industry — founding and shaping genres like Blues, Rock n’ Roll and Gospel in ways that were felt across the country. Between jazzy compositions, mouth-watering barbecue and good ol’ Southern charm, Memphis isn’t to be overlooked.
When you’re visiting Memphis, there are plenty of places to visit that will give you just a small taste of the personality, hospitality and history that our great city has to offer.
Top 6 Places to Visit in Memphis, TN
Sun Studio is the birthplace of many a musical career — in fact, it’s legendary. Elvis Presley recorded his first song here. Sun Studio hosted the beginnings of musical legends like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and more. You can step foot in the very same recording studio where music history was made while enjoying a richly informative guided tour that offers something for music aficionados as well as more casual folks. Along with the gift shop is a coffee bar and soda fountain for some classic refreshments. From Sun Studio, you can also take a free bus ride over to Graceland. Sun Studio represents an integral part of Memphis and musical history — don’t miss it!
The Memphis Zoo is considered one of the best around. It’s well kept grounds and habitats, easy navigation, wealth of information and impressive variety of animals make it a must-visit for the whole family. While smaller than some zoos in other big cities, the Memphis Zoo’s makes a big impact.
Looking for a quality dining experience? Terrace at the River Inn allows diners to enjoy a beautiful view of the Mississippi River over drinks and tapas. If their delicious variety of small plates aren’t reason enough to go, they have full-meal servings of filet mignon, Atlantic salmon and grilled eggplant with quinoa.
A hidden gem, the Withers Collection Museum & Gallery on Beale Street displays the photography of the late Ernest Withers, native Memphian who spend 60 years documenting the Civil Rights Movement and African-American history through photojournalism. It’s a moving experience for visitors and an integral part of our history — not only for Memphis, but the entire country.
If you need a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Riverbluff Walkway just might be the reprieve you were looking for. The walkway crosses the bluffs from Mainstreet to Calhoun Street for a single mile, but it offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the quiet waters of the Mississippi. If you get there in the morning, you can enjoy watching barges wind their way down the river.
The Orpheum Theater is a must-visit place for all of your performing arts needs. This beautiful theater boasts a heavy dose of Old World charm and sets the stages for frequent musical, comedy, dance and theatrical performances. Stop in for a show while you’re in Memphis — you won’t regret it!
Do you know a great place that’s not on our list? Share your favorite Memphis locales in the comments.