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Top 5 Things To Do In Memphis

Memphis Beale Street

Recently we visited Memphis on our road trip through the ‘mojo triangle’ of the American south – New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. This area is called the ‘mojo triangle’ after being written about by the author James L. Dickerson in his award-winning book of the same name. It is known as the birthplace of jazz, blues, rock and roll and country.

Memphis, is situated on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, and is best known for its vibrant music and southern food. This is a post about our top 5 things to do in Memphis, Tennessee.

1. Graceland

Graceland

Undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit in Memphis, Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley gives you the chance to learn about, and pay respects to the ‘King of Rock N Roll’. Through a self guided tour on an Ipad, you learn about his life and his loves – his music, Lisa Marie his daughter and Priscilla his wife, whilst touring his home. You see the King’s den – the jungle room, his trophies and clothes in the racquetball room, his cars and his aeroplanes, one named Lisa Marie after his daughter. Well worth a visit if you are a music fan.

2. Sun Studio

Referred to as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll , Sun Studio is a music-lover’s paradise. See and hear great hits that helped change the music scene forever. BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley all recorded here. Not far from Beale Street, Sun Studio is certainly worth a visit.

3. Beale Street

Beale Street Memphis

A neighbourhood noted for being the heart, soul, and birthplace of blues, Beale Street has seen iconic performers like B.B. King, and Isaac Hayes, play here. It’s worth sitting down on Beale St, with some barbecue, for which Memphis is known, and people watching. Enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and nightlife of this happening street. Sunday is a great day to sit listening to live music in the bars, whilst watching families strolling down this iconic street in their Sunday best.

4. National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel

Located inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum is a definite must while in Memphis. With multimedia and interactive presentations, it helps to put a great perspective on the past and current struggle for civil rights worldwide and is both touching and thought provoking. A must see.

5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Haven’t had your fill of music quite yet? The Stax Museum Of American Soul is a place you can witness the history of great musicians like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Listen to songs and explore what made this recording studio so remarkable.

Graceland Sign, Memphis

If you love blues, rock ‘n roll or just want to soak up some Southern atmosphere, Memphis is well worth a visit.

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  • The London Secret
    March 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    What an interesting area and it’s so much to see and do. It sure looks like you’re having the time of your lives!! 🙂 I would love to see the Elvis house one day.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Graceland was really cool. Most people would enjoy it, even if they are not the biggest fans of Elvis.

  • fashion-mommy
    March 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    As a music fan I know I would love Memphis – just the Stax link gets me excited.x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Spoken like a true fan.

  • hannah
    March 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I haven’t been to the deep south. It looks amazing, especially Graceland x

  • Kerry norris
    March 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I would love to go to Graceland. New Orleans sounds amazing too. This road trip sounds incredible x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      We will have a new post on 5 reasons to visit New Orleans very soon,

  • Deborah Nicholas
    March 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Its my dream to take mum there as she was (still is) a huge Elvis fan and I grew up listening to his songs!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      My dad is a huge fan and I grew up listen to his songs too.

  • Laura-Lou
    March 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I went to Memphis in 2011 (for the purpose of going to Graceland I am a huge Elvis fan). I did most of the things on your list! 🙂 my now husband actually proposed to me at Graceland. I hope we can visit again one day. We live in UK so it’s along way to go – especially now we have a 3 year old!! Xx

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      What a lovely story Laura-Lou. How did he actually propose? I do hope you get the chance to go back one day.

  • Jamie-Lee Pridham
    April 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Aww Memphis! This post brought back lovely memories as I went there with my family last year (my family are all huge Elvis fans!). Like you said, it’s still enjoyable even if you’re not an Elvis fan; I’m not that crazy about his music to be honest but I still had a great time. Graceland was amazing and really interesting to see!
    We’re going back again next year and there’s lots of other things we’d like to do, the ducks at the Peabody hotel is definitely on the list!

    Jamie xx

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Sounds like you had an amazing time Jamie-Lee. I am jealous of you visiting again. We saw the Peabody ducks as we stayed in the Peabody hotel 🙂