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3 Days in Memphis: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2015

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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 128 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: Flexible

From USD $78.00
From USD $57.90

Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $24.00

Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 122 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 1.5 or 3 hours

From USD $30.59

Memphis Coach Tour including Rock and Soul Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $39.33

Sun Studio Guided Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $23.13
From USD $53.00

Memphis Ghosts Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $20.00

Historic Memphis Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $15.00

Memphis Downtown Running Tour

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: Flexible

From USD $40.00

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