Top 5 Things to do in Memphis Tennessee!

There are so many things to do and attractions in Memphis Tennessee! Thanks to the great folks at Memphis Travel, we were able to cover some of these attractions. In this post, we distill the top 5 things that you should do on your next trip to Memphis!

Top Things to do in Memphis – 1. Graceland & Elvis Presley Museum

Graceland - The home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll
Graceland – The home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll
Meditation Garden Graceland
Meditation Garden
Elvis Presley Collection of Automobiles
Elvis’ Cars
Elvis Presley Private Jet Plane Lisa Marie
Elvis Jet Plane

You knew that right off the bat, we’ll be mentioning Graceland right? It is probably the biggest attraction in Memphis given that it was the home of Elvis Presley and is still use by the family today when they return to Memphis. More than that, you’ll be able to learn more about the life of Elvis (at the Elvis Presley Museum EPM), about how determined he was to have his music heard and how devoted he was to God and family. In addition, you’ll be able to see his collection of cars and see the unbelievable modifications that were made within the jet plane named after his daughter – Lisa Marie. Lastly, his final resting ground, Meditation Garden, can also be visited daily from 0730 to 0830 for free.




Top Things to do in Memphis – 2. Sun Studio

2bearbear @ Sun Studio Memphis
2bearbear @ Sun Studio Memphis
Inside Sun Studio Memphis
Inside Sun Studio
Sun Studio Tour
Sun Studio Tour
Million Dollar Quartet Sun Studio
Million Dollar Quartet

After finishing your tour at Graceland, head on over to Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock n Roll and learn about how Elvis Presley got his big break there. Here, you’ll be able to learn how characters such as Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips and Dewey Phillips helped propel Elvis into stardom. You’ll also learn about legends (such as blues legend BB King) who recorded with Sun Studios (originally named as Memphis Recording Service) and how the Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire, Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes & Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line) came to be known as that.

Top Things to do in Memphis – 3. Beale Street

Blues Rock & Roll or just good BBQ at Beale Street Memphis
Blues Rock & Roll or just good BBQ at Beale Street Memphis

Gumbo Fries Blues City Cafe
Gumbo Fries
Along Beale Street
Beale Street Memphis
Blues City Cafe Beale Street Memphis
Blues City Cafe

When someone mentions about Memphis, the song “Walking In Memphis” by Marc Cohn comes to mind. In particular, the chorus

Then I’m walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Yup, Beale refers to Beale Street, home of the Blues. These days, you’ll be able to enjoy Rock & Roll, Blues and Soul along Beale Street. To make things more attractive, great foods such as Gumbo Fries (Blues City Cafe), BBQ Ribs (BB King’s Blues Club) and Chicken & Waffles (Miss Polly’s Soul City Cafe) can be enjoyed along Beale Street as well. Definitely a great venue in Memphis to have a great meal and enjoy some of the best music in town!

Top Things to do in Memphis – 4. National Civil Rights Museum

2bearbear @ National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) Memphis
2bearbear @ National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) Memphis
Slave Trade National Civil Rights Museum Memphis
Slave Trade
Rosa Parks National Civil Rights Museum
Rosa Parks
Assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr at Lorraine Motel
Assassination of Dr MLK

Not to be missed is the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum tells about the civil rights movement in USA even after slavery was abolished and voting rights given to the African-American. Stories such as Rosa Parks (not giving up her seat on a segregated bus) and Dr Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech to his eventual assassination at the Lorraine Motel are covered in much detail at the NCRM. Definitely worth a visit while in Memphis.




Top Things to do in Memphis – 5. BBQ, Cat Fish & Burgers!

Mix of Dry Rub Ribs and "Wet" Ribs at Central BBQ Memphis
Mix of Dry Rub Ribs and “Wet” Ribs at Central BBQ Memphis
Gumbo Fries Blues City Cafe
Gumbo Fries
Fried Cat Fish at Kooky Canuck
Cat Fish @ Kooky Canuck
Bluff City Burger @ Huey's Burger
Bluff City Burger @ Huey’s

Once our friendly Uber driver knew that we were tourists, she immediately asked whether we’ve had any BBQ. Nope, she did not ask whether we’ve been to Graceland or Sun Studios. BBQ. Immediately. So we asked her which was the best. To that, she replied with confidence – Central BBQ. We did a quick check and it was ranked #7 in Memphis! :O Hence, we decided to check it out. We had the mix of both dry rub and “wet” ribs and they were simply one of the best, if not the best BBQ ribs we’ve ever tasted! The meat fell off the bone but not only that, the slow cooked meat were well infused with the store’s recipe as well! We’ve also tried Cat Fish @ Kooky Canuck, Gumbo Fries @ Blues City Cafe (recommended by NBA Star Chris Webber) and Bluff City Burger at Huey’s. Enjoy your gastronomical journey while in Memphis y’all! P.S. if you’ve been to the Flying Fish, tell us about it in the comments section below!

Other Things to do in Memphis

We also did a couple of other things while in Memphis, including catching the Memphis Grizzlies play against the San Antonio Spurs – which they won by the way. What?! A visit to the Memphis Pyramid (Bass Pro Outdoor World) is also recommended if you have the time.

Memphis Pyramid (aka Bass Pro Outdoor World)
Memphis Pyramid (aka Bass Pro Outdoor World)
Sunset @ Memphis Pyramid
Sunset
Cosmic Bowling Memphis Pyramid
Cosmic Bowling
Fish Tank Memphis Pyramid
Fish Tank

The Memphis Pyramid is actually a Bass Pro / Outdoor World shop that sells anything and everything related to the outdoors such as fishing, camping, ATV and hiking. In addition to that, due to it’s shape, many people take shots with its exterior and also ascend to the top to enjoy amazing views of sunset. Sunset in Memphis? A landlocked state in USA? Yes! This is because, the landscape is flat enough while the viewing platform at Memphis Pyramid is tall enough, providing amazing views of the sun setting over the horizon. In addition, you’ll be able to play cosmic bowling (~$35 for 2 people to bowl for an hour – we played close to 8 games in total) and see ducks, fish tanks and huge carps within the shop itself!

Memphis Grizzlies win San Antonio Spurs
Grizzlies Win
Memphis Grizzlies Elvis Shirt
Grizzlies Elvis
Grizzlies Tank Top
Grizzlies Top

While you’re in Memphis and if time (and game) affords, check out the Memphis Grizzlies play at the Fedex Forum. These days, they play really well as a team. Plus, we were told by friends we met in Jamaica (who are locals in Memphis) that the NBA tickets are really cheap because of the blue collared workers there. We caught the game for only $14! :O

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