Memphis Travel Guide & Information

Memphis, Tennessee, a truly powerful city that is both rich in culture and history – from its popular month-long International Festival held in May that is both rich in music and food to the vibrant bars, restaurants, streets and cafés of Beale Street.

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Visit the awesome architectural structures of Memphis such as the sporting arena at Pyramid Arena located on the banks of the Mississippi River – an actual arena in the shape of a pyramid, not a dome. Memphis is the perfect destination for anyone, so pay a visit and experience a city that is thriving with eclectic tastes, historically rich streets, and a vibrant and vivacious culture!

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Things to do in Memphis

Daytime Attractions:

Graceland: One of Memphis most popular attraction is a tour of Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion. Here you will discover a life unseen by the mainstream media from the beginnings of his legendary history until the end of his superstardom days. Experience the life of Elvis Presley through video photos, personal diaries, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and many more. There are three tour tickets that one can purchase such as the Graceland Elvis Entourage VIP Tour, Graceland Platinum Tour and the Graceland Mansion Tour. If you’re a true fan of Elvis Presley then it would be recommended to purchase the Graceland Platinum Tour only about $3.50 in price difference from the VIP package.

Graceland Platinum Tour Ticket Prices: Adult ($34); Seniors [62+]($30.60); Youth/Students [13-18]/College ID ($30.60); Kids [7-12]($16); & Kids [6 & Under](FREE).

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Address: 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Contact Information: 1-901-332-3322

Beale Street: Once in Memphis, Beale Street is a must-visit for the music enthusiast – a birthplace of Rock N’ Roll and home of the Blues. The whole street is lit up with lights, densely packed with people and pulsating with the sounds of street musicians and bands. Nestle in one of the many cafés located on the warm-hearted atmosphere of Beale Street while you groove to the rhythm of Blues and gaze upon the plethora of attractions! If you want more information on Beale Street feel free to contact Performa Entertainment Real Estate where you can be provided with information about Beale Street or help you plan your trip around Beale Street.

Address: 203 Beale Street, Suite 300.

Contact Information: 1-901-526-0115

Restaurants:

The Bar-B-Q Shop: This midtown restaurant is acclaimed for its, one word, D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S-N-E-S-S! In fact, this famous restaurant has been serving finger-licking BBQ plates to drool over in town, but the 50-year old recipe for its legendary BBQ sauce is what gets its beloved customers drooling in their seats. Also, try the plates that are spiced with dry seasoning that are guaranteed to make your salivary glands go nuts!

Address: 1782 Madison Avenue.

Contact Information: 1-901-272-1277

Cozy Corner: This cozy restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, has the perfect family-friendly environment. A family-run restaurant that specializes in the art of BBQ, it is guaranteed to offer an eclectic taste and family-fun atmosphere. Try an array of tastes from the mouth-watering Bologna Sandwich to the finger-licking Four Bone Rib.

Address: 745 N Parkway.

Contact Information: 1-901-527-9158

Nighttime Attraction:

Rum Boogie Café: Boogie to the sound of hip music and booze all night to intoxicating rum selection at the Rum Boogie Café. The Cajun and BBQ menu will have you licking those BBQ-drenched fingers while your bodies groove to the live rhythm of blues.

Address: 182 Beale Street.

Contact Information: 1-901-528-0150

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Where to Stay in Memphis

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Starting at $166.50 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Memphis convenient to all the major attractions and destinations – such as Beale Street, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Memphis International Airport, the Cook Convention Center and many more. Its amenities feature a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a business center, an on-site bar and restaurant (Canal Bar & Bistro) and many more.

Address: 300 North Second Street.

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Contact Information: 1-877-270-1395

Memphis Marriot Downtown: Starting at $159 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is the largest hotel in Memphis. From the moment you step foot in this marble-floored lobby, you’re experience at this hotel will leave you wanting more and more – from its acclaimed services to its panoramic city skyline views from its chic and elegant guest rooms. Its amenities feature an indoor/outdoor connecting pool and a hot tub, a whirlpool, a fitness center, on-site restaurant/lounges such as the Magnolia Grille and Trolley Bar, and many more. It is nearby many attractions like the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Sun Studio.

Address: 250 North Main Street.

Contact Information: 1-901-527-7300

Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown: Starting at $129 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is located in the heart of downtown Memphis, only three blocks from the historic and music rich Beale Street. Cuddle up in your king size bed as your coffee is brewed in your room’s complimentary coffee maker. The hotel amenities feature a business center, a fitness center, a pool and many more.

Address: 185 Union Avenue.

Contact Information: 1-901-528-1800

Hampton Inn Memphis: Starting at $89 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is minutes from all the major attractions – from the Memphis Zoo to downtown Memphis! It’s far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city streets to offer you a serene and relaxing stay, but close enough for a convenient drive to experience the vitality of downtown Memphis.

Address: 5320 Poplar Avenue.

Contact Information: 1-901-683-8500

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Any sort of valid identification (Identification card) in order to board the plane. Note, passport is not needed if you have an identification card to show.

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For Non-US Citizens:

* Passport will be needed

* Non-immigrant visa for temporary stay must be obtained showing your purpose to U.S.

For Canadians: (just one will be needed)

* Passport will be needed

* Nexus Card

We strongly recommend you to check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Memphis

Every year, starting in May and throughout the entire summer, hordes of tourist flock the city streets of Memphis; specifically, during the month of May when the amazing month long International Festival is held. If you choose to travel during the peak season, the late spring and the summer, you’re guaranteed to find packed streets, booked hotels, expensive airfares, humid weather and boiling temperatures, but a hell of a good time. However, if you’re looking for an economical vacation in Memphis, then it is suggested that you go during the off-peak season in winter where there is less tourist, cheaper airfare and cheaper hotels.

Memphis Weather

Average Annual Temperature: 62.3 Degree

Average Max Temperature: 72.1 Degree

Average Min. Temperature: 52.4 Degree

December - February: 48.7 Degree

March - May: 62.4 Degree

June - August: 80.9 Degree

September – November: 63.3 Degree

Average Rainfall (inches/year): 52.1 inches.

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Language

Other languages:

* Spanish (3.9%)

* Indo-European (1.5%)

* Asian & Pacific Island Languages (1.1%)