7 Cool Things To Do in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

7 Cool Things To Do in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Discover 7 cool things to do in Memphis. Memphis is a city in the state of Tennesse in the USA. It’s a pretty big city. The second in populous of the state, the first being Nashville. Memphis is probably most famous for Graceland (Elvis Presley’s house). It is also considered the birthplace of blues music.


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7 Cool Things to do in Memphis

1. Graceland

I caught an overnight bus so I made it to Memphis in the morning and hiked it straight to Graceland from the bus station. I can’t remember directions exactly but it was about a half-hour trek.

Once there I bought the Platinum tour for $37 and spent about half a day exploring it. Graceland was awesome and it deserves the #1 spot on my list of cool things to do in Memphis.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Graceland

Elvis’s TV Room in Graceland. Elvis used to watch 3 TV’s at the same time because he heard the President did it.

2. Sun Studios

From Graceland, I caught a cab to Sun Studios which cost me $30. It only cost $20 for a Hop on Hop off Bus and would have been cheaper still on a regular bus… but it was a Sunday and I hadn’t researched the bus routes.

The Sun Studios Tour was $12 + tax and tip. It was a very good tour. The guide was awesome.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Sun Studios

Sun Studios. An Institution of Rock and Roll.

3. Beale Street

After Sun Studios I went to my accommodation for a nap, then headed to Beale Street for dinner. I had cajun shrimp with a 32-ounce draft beer at the Blues Cafe. Somewhat pricey but delicious. I also checked out Green Bug and the Soul Cafe.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Beale Street

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4. Walk Along the Mississippi River

The next morning I took a walk along the Mississippi River. A great free activity.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Mississippi River

The mighty Mississippi from Memphis.

5. Eat at the Tea Room

After my walk, I ate at The Tea Room. I recommend it as it serves Memphis specialties. It is only open for lunch from 11 am till 2 pm daily. Get Lilly’s special. I had a special chicken and it was awesome.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Tea Room

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5. Rock and Blues Museum

After lunch, I visited the Rock and Blues Museum. I’m a big music fan so it was a treat.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Rock and Blues Museum

By mr_t_77 from WV, USA (IMG_1196) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Gibson Guitar Factory

Across the road from the Rock and Blues Museum is the Gibson Guitar factory. I didn’t go in but if you are a guitar fan, or if you have some spare time, it is probably worth checking out.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Gibson Guitar Factory

By Ron Cogswell [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Walk Through the Neighbourhoods

This last thing on my list of amazing Amazing things to do in Memphis might only be for the more adventurous.

After the Rock and Blues Museum, I walked to Overton square, which was unimpressive. Then I hiked to the airport. The entire trek took me about 4 hours. It was good to see the neighborhoods.

Cool Things to do in Memphis, Walk the neighborhoods.

Crossing some major tracks on the hike to the airport.

Getting From Asheville (NC) to Memphis by Greyhound

I caught an overnight Greyhound from Asheville to Memphis. The Greyhound is always an interesting journey. It arrived 40 minutes late and they oversell tickets so you have to be quick in line to get a seat.

My first transfer went fine but for the second one, I didn’t have a re-boarding pass. To avoid this, make sure you approach the bus driver before getting on. They still let me on, but it was a hassle.

Next stop… Chicago
Next I am off to meet some friends in Chicago. Memphis was nice for a visit with lots of good music. In my mind, it is comparable but not as good as New Orleans.


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Comments ( 4 )
  1. Sarah
    October 26, 2017 at 18:30
    Reply

    I would love to the gibson guitar fActory, would be such an amazing experience

    • Bert Luxing
      October 27, 2017 at 06:23
      Reply

      Yeah, I regret not going there a little bit.

  2. Patricia
    October 26, 2017 at 19:49
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    I have been to Memphis. Graceland is a pretty interesting place, especially if you like Elvis. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You mention you are going to Chicago. I live near there, and two places I recommend seeing are a.) Navy Pier and walk by the lake. and 2) the willis (or Sears) tower.

    • Bert Luxing
      October 27, 2017 at 06:20
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      That’s awesome. Thanks for the tips. If I ever make it back to Chicago I’ll check them out.

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