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Things to do in Memphis

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The top 13 attractions in Memphis

Museums in Memphis
As kitch as Elvis could be. As fake as americans can do. But it deserve a visit, come on, it’s Elvis home!
Rivers in Memphis
Mississippi River
One section of the shores of the Mississippi have been cleaned or cleared and converted into public paths. From Beale Street to the south, and to the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue, in the north. Some companies offer tours along the river that last from half an hour to as long as two hours. It's a pleasant walk to recapture the atmosphere of yesteryear, or simply walk along the banks.
Sports-Related in Memphis
Pyramid Arena
This is a multicultural and sports centre. Shaped like a pyramid to honour the Egyptian city of Memphis. Concerts, meetings and basketball games are held here. The Pyramid Arena was the home court for the Memphis Grizzlies for four years (2001-2004). It has seating for about 21,000 people and is in the centre of the U.S. city of Memphis, right on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was built in 1991, and standing at 98 meters tall, it's the world's sixth largest pyramid. Initially, it hosted the basketball team from the University of Memphis, and later in 2001, it hosted the NBA basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies. However, in 2004, both teams left the pyramid to move to a new stadium, the FedEx Forum. After the basketball teams left the stadium, the pyramid was unoccupied with no long-term plans. In 2005, the arena's committee thought about turning it into a casino, an aquarium, a shopping centre, or a theme park on ancient Egypt. In the photo, you can see it in the distance, along the river.
Museums in Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum
Martin Luther King was assassinated here in 1968. He was shot from a building opposite the railing while talking to the people who came to salute him. They kept everything as it was and made it a Civil Rights Museum. The video of the Reverend who was with him at the time of his death is impressive. Overwhelming.
Statues in Memphis
Statue of Elvis Presley
In the visitor center or welcome center of Memphis, we found this huge statue of Elvis Presley who was a native of that city. It is a huge bronze statue worth photographing in the city of blues and rock and roll.
Sports Centers in Memphis
FedEx Forum
The FedExForum is one of the most unique sports centers in the NBA. It was officially opened in September 2004, and is located in the southern part of the city of Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States. Its name comes from the main sponsor, the known courier company FedEx. It hosts all kinds of events, from basketball games to concerts or all kinds of shows. It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, which they used to play their games at the Pyramid Arena.
Forests in Memphis
Forests near Memphis
Forests near Memphis are worth a visit, especially in autumn. Lately in the Middle Tennessee area, giant wood harvesters stripped Spencer Mountain of its native trees, and planted pine forests to grow timber. Since then you don't need to have anything to do with these beautiful trees and forests.
Museums in Memphis
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
This museum will bombard you with information, but with absolutely no context. Even after going to the Rock N Soul museum, I was still pretty lost going through everything since I couldn't place an artist name with a song, studio, recording date, or otherwise. Yes, there were still interesting displays, but the majority of information went right over my head. Unless you actually know something about soul music to begin with and can provide your own context, I’d skip this one.
Museums in Memphis
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
Slave Haven is a small collection of artifacts displayed in a 19th-century home that was part of the Underground railroad. Pamphlets describe being able to see the cellar where escapees waited during their flight to freedom along with some of the original passageways, but in reality, visiting Slave Haven is so much more than simply seeing old, dark places. The actual collection of furniture, memorabilia, and other artifacts isn't all that different from anything I had ever seen before, but the presentation is so unorthodox that it made for a unique visit. Instead of simply reading about the history, you’ll learn slave songs (and actually sing out loud with the group), huddle up with strangers to represent what it may have felt like coming over on slave ships, and hear more stories about the underground history while uncomfortably standing in a cold, dark cellar. This place gives a comprehensive look at a sad part of our country’s history and is worth a visit.
Museums in Memphis
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
This museum wins the award for being most comprehensive. It covers everything from bluegrass to rock & roll in chronological order through the use of audio and video clips, memorabilia, and written displays. The included audio tour contains an incredible amount of material including dozens of full-length songs. It was the perfect introduction to the different styles of music and how they evolved over time, but there was also a great tie-in to more generalized pop culture and history. Even if you’re not a huge music fan, this one is a great place to visit. I spent three hours there and believe it or not, still didn't listen to all the optional audio guide commentary.
Gardens in Memphis
Streets in Memphis
Beale Street
But if you go beyond it, you can live a real experience
Gardens in Memphis

The best things to do in Memphis

Memphis is situated on top of a mountain, allowing for stunning views of the Mississippi River, on the western border of Tennessee. It's the city where blues was born and where
musicians, like B.

B. King, Anita Ward, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley emerged, meaning that the main
Memphis activities revolve around music.
One of the most important places to visit in Memphis is Graceland, the
home of the King of Rock'n'Roll. The basic package includes a visit to the ground floor of the king's house and the garden where the singer is buried. There are other options for visiting the house which are more expensive because you'll visit his clothes, car and airplane museum. Another one of the top things to see in Memphis is Beale Street, about 15 minutes from Graceland. It's a major tourist area with shops and bars, but it stands out as the place where Blues was born, so it's one of the top
Memphis attractions. Every weekend you can hear the best blues, rock & roll and jazz in this area, and one of the top things to do in Memphis is to go to the best clubs in the city. Highlights include BB King's, Rum Boogie's, Elvis Presley's and the Hard Rock Café. If you want more information on what to do in Memphis today, you'll find even more alternatives on Minube. For example, a little further from the city center is where Sun Studios are located. This is where musicians like Muddy Waters, Ike Turner and Howlin Wolf recorded their earliest blues records, and where Elvis Presley recorded his first hit, ''That's all right.'' If you're into music, this should definitely be on your list of stuff to do in
Another one of the many attractions in Memphis is the National Civil
Rights Museum, also known as Lorraine Hotel. This is where Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968.