About Memphis

by SmarterTravel Staff
Beale Street by Day (Photo: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Why is Memphis a great vacation destination? Because it delivers twice the R&R: built on rock and roll, visitors can also find plenty of chances to unwind and indulge in a little rest and relaxation.

Trace the path of American music in Memphis, exploring Beale Street, where the first Blues song was written and where, today, you can still immerse yourself in the music scene. Then follow the crowds to Graceland, former home to the original hip shaker himself, Elvis. After the White House, Graceland is the most visited residence in the U.S., and a tour offers the chance to see the music room, trophy building, and other parts of the 14-acre estate.


Take a break from the music to explore Memphis' art scene. The South Main Historic Arts District is packed with art galleries, restaurants, open markets, and shops. Discover what makes Memphis unique on a riverboat cruise, a tour of the nearby Jack Daniel Distillery, or even with a visit to a voodoo shop. And don't miss the chance to see the march of the Peabody Hotel ducks as they make their way to and from the lobby fountain each day.

Get outside on one of Memphis' many miles of walking or biking trails, at the Memphis Botanic Garden, or at the Mud Island River Park, where visitors can learn about the Mississippi River on shore or take a canoe out on the Wolf River Harbor.

Getting to Memphis is easy from points around the U.S. and beyond. American, AirTran, Continental, Delta, and United are among the airlines with flights to Memphis.

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