5 Memphis Must-Sees: iTrekHere days 6&7

  • Memphis Tennessee

We went 'Walking in Memphis' for Days 5 & 6 of our Deep South #iTrekHere adventure - and there was plenty of awesomeness to be found! We totally recommend a visit - and here are five things in the city you just have to check out! 

1. Graceland

Graceland, Memphis

Well, duh. Memphis' most famous resident was, of course, the King of Rock and Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. His Graceland mansion is the most popular place to visit in the city, and for good reason. All the rooms are wonderfully preserved, and even if you're not an Elvis super-fan, you'll 100% find this tour awesome. Giving a fascinating insight into the man behind the music, it's a complete must-do for anyone visiting Memphis!

2. Sun Studio

Sun Studio, Memphis

Music lovers are in for a lot of treats in Memphis. Named as the 'Birthplace of Rock and Roll', Sun Studio was the recording studio for anyone who was anyone in its heyday. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more music megastars all recorded here, and you can get a peek behind the songs with a studio tour.

The Sun Studio tour guides themselves are incredibly fun to listen to and full of character, as well as being really knowledgable about music and the studio's history. Plus, you'll get a chance to pose with Elvis' mic like the rock'n'roll superstar you know you are.

3. Beale Street

Beale Street, Memphis

Memphis' infamous Beale Street is the place to be. Live music pours out onto the street from the bars, street performers captivate crowds, and you can also spot some famous names along the pavements. As evening falls, dance the night away to live music.

Our top tip? Pay a visit to A Schwab. A two-story shopping palace, the store was established in 1876 and is the oldest store in the Mid-South. Downstairs, you'll find souvenirs and quirky gifts, and on the second floor you'll find more curious items - from hats to hoodoo. In the middle, there's a small Beale Street Museum archive. Finally, make sure you head to the adjoining cafe for some of the best homemade flavoured sodas you'll ever taste.

4. Autozone Park

If you want to catch a game while in central Memphis, Autozone Park is where it's at. In the centre of Downtown, this award-winning minor league baseball stadium is home to local team The Memphis Redbirds. 

5. Lorraine Motel & National Civil Rights Museum

Lorriane Motel and Civil Rights Museum

As well as being an important city for music, Memphis also played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. The National Civil Rights Museum charts the movement from the 17th century to the present.

The Lorraine Motel itself is perhaps one of the most significant locations in the history of the movement, as it was the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, on April 4, 1968. Outside his room, a wreath marks the approximate location where he stood at the time of his death. It's an incredibly moving spot to be in, and the museum itself offers great insight into this vital period of history.

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