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3 Days in Memphis: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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Whether you’re into blues, soul or rock’n’roll, Memphis is a must-see destination. Come to the city on the Mississippi to see and hear the places where musical history was made.

Day 1: You-know-who

Even if you’re not an Elvis fan, how can you not be intrigued by the myth and the even more amazing reality of America’s uncontested all-time number one superstar? Though he was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis moved to Memphis in his early teens, and the city remembers him fondly. You can visit Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings (not forgetting other rock’n’roll and country greats who recorded there, like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins). The real enthusiasts can climb aboard a 1950s bus and follow the stages of Presley’s life throughout the city, while there’s something for everyone at Graceland, the King’s last home.

Day 2: Rock’n’soul

Of course Elvis is just one piece of Memphis’s amazing musical legacy. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a tribute not just to Stax recording artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and the Staple Singers, but to a whole galaxy of soul stars. The Rock’n’Soul Museum celebrates the Memphis melting pot that is Beale Street; after dark the whole street comes alive with jumping bars and top-notch blues bands. Alternatively, catch the Mojo Music Bus, grab a tambourine and play along with the band as you tour the landmarks of musical Memphis.

Day 3: Mississippi

We’re heading for the river today, stopping in at the National Civil Rights Museum and/or the Center for Southern Folklore on the way. Take the monorail to Mud Island and find out more in a museum dedicated to the river, or sit and watch the real thing with downtown Memphis as a backdrop. Paddle steamers work the river giving you some great vistas and the city’s history thrown in. Then in the evening, learn about the dark side of that history as you move among the undead on a Memphis Ghosts Walking Tour.

Tours & Tickets

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Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

The Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass is your passport to the music history of Memphis. You will get entry into four of the most popular attractions in ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: Flexible

From USD $74.00

Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

See top Memphis attractions on this narrated sightseeing tour that takes you along the Mississippi River. Pass Victorian homes, historical statues and cultural ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.00

Graceland Tour: Platinum Pass with Round-Trip Transportation from Memphis

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Travel from downtown Memphis on a vintage-style bus for a fun and convenient visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's stately mansion. The informative self-guided ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.53

Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

The Home of the Blues comes alive aboard Memphis' only Music Bus! Real Memphis musicians will show you the sights, make you laugh, and perform the music that ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 1.5 or 3 hours

From USD $30.59

Graceland Tour Including Automobile Museum, Airplane Museum and Sincerely Elvis Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on this tour of Memphis’ Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s former home. Journey from the icon’s humble ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00

Sun Studio Guided Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Take a guided tour of Sun Studios in Memphis - the birthplace of Rock N' Roll. All the big names recorded here, including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.13

Memphis Coach Tour including Rock and Soul Museum

Explore downtown Memphis on a guided tour with fascinating commentary from a local guide. The city’s history comes to life as you learn about sights such as ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.15

Memphis Ghosts Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

More than just music, discover the other side of Memphis, the darker side which has nothing to do with Elvis, rock 'n' roll or Soulsville! Hear chilling tales ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00

Historic Memphis Walking Tour

On this walking tour of Memphis, admire architectural landmarks such as Court Square Fountain, the Lincoln American Tower and Calvary Episcopal Church while ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00

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