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Memphis is known for music and food, two things that usually make everyone's vacation destination checklist.

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Here are a few of our most popular Memphis resorts:

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    Marriott Memphis East

    Minutes away from upscale restaurants and shopping.

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    Tunica Roadhouse

    The Roadhouse Tunica experience offers you a comfortable and delightful experience during your stay in Tunica.

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    Hotel at Horseshoe Tunica

    The Horseshoe Tunica is the hottest casino hotel on the Mississippi, with more than 500 rooms for you to choose from.

Things to do in Memphis, TN

  • Street Walking

    Downtown Memphis Beale Street walking tour

    Join this 45-minute walking tour of historic Beale Street. Voted “America’s Most Iconic Street” by USA Today, Beale Street is steeped in colorful history.
  • Elvis Presley's Graceland

    Elvis Presley's Graceland tour

    Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee. The full Graceland experience will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to superstardom.
  • Historic Memphis Walking Tour

    Historic Memphis walking tour

    This two-hour walking tour of Memphis explores the city's rich history at a fun and leisurely pace. You'll explore historic Cotton Row and Court Square, the lovely and historic heart of 19th century Memphis; enjoy sweeping views of the Mississippi River; and hear fascinating tales of rebels during the Civil War as well as Prohibition Era bootleggers.
  • Gibson Guitar

    Memphis Gibson Guitars factory tour

    Experience our complete Gibson Factory tour in downtown Memphis. Our tour consists of an intimate viewing of this amazing facility as Gibson's skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world.

Family activities in Memphis, TN

  • The Fire Museum of Memphis

    Fire Engine House No. 1 is home to The Fire Museum of Memphis, 118 Adams Avenue in Memphis, located in the heart of downtown Memphis. The premier fire museum in the United States, dedicated to promoting the local history of fire fighting, documenting that history, and educating the general public in fire safety. The museum hosts fire departments for around the country and the world in a quest to emulate success. The museum also works to gather and analyze data to test Fire Prevention effectiveness and implement improved methodology around the world.
  • Memphis Zoo

    The Memphis Zoo in Midtown Memphis houses more than 3,500 animal inhabitants from over 500 various species on 76-acres, only 55 of which are developed. Established in 1906, the zoo is located at Overton Park for more than 100 years. $77 million has been invested in renovation and expansion since the 1990s. The zoo is divided into three zones with 19 distinct habitats such as China, Northwest Passage, and Teton Trek. The China Zone is home to Le Le and YaYa giant pandas. Book a family vacation package to Memphis for flight and hotel deals with Southwest Vacations.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum

    Tracing the history and stories of the American Civil Rights Movement, Memphis' National Civil Rights Museum is in a series of historic buildings and museums. The museum has been built around the site of the tragedy of the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. The Lorraine Motel and two adjacent buildings are also part of the museum complex. The museum works to educate the public with short films, multimedia displays, and interactive exhibits. This is a must-visit destination for any family traveling to Memphis.

Nightlife and entertainment in Memphis, TN

  • Fine dining

    Memphis, nicknamed Bluff City, is not bluffing when it comes to BBQ, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of fine dining restaurants or culinary diversity. Just as diverse as the flavors of jazz, blues, soul, rock, country, and R&B Memphis has much to offer to foodies. Exciting, adventurous chef-driven restaurants and bar concepts for craft beer snobs, wine aficionados, and craft cocktails. Try Las Delicias for fresh flavor, Paulette's has Hungarian & French favorites, grab a Dyer's burger on Beale, and Casablanca melds Moroccan, the Mediterranean, & North African dishes. At some point, try some BBQ Spaghetti and tell us what you think.
  • Club/dancing

    With so many live music venues in one of the best live music scenes in the country, finding a dance club might seem like finding a record needle in a haystack. You just have to know where to googl..., err, I mean look. Folks have been known to dance at B.B. King's or Rum Boogie, but The Rumba Room offers salsa dancing for something a little different. A tri-level bar called Club 152 has bands, DJs, and pub grub. The Tropicana club has a dance floor where men do aerobics in speedos. Oh, wait, that is a luchador match, nevermind.
  • Out on the town

    For evening activities, Beale Street has something to keep you coming back every night, live bands, street performances, dining and street food, bars, bands, nightclubs, shops, and more. But if you want to expand your experience in Memphis, try catching an outdoor concert at Levitt Shell. Levitt Shell is an open-air amphitheater in a park setting, and Elvis performed his first-ever paid concert there. Visit the Memphis Farmers Market for food trucks, local produce, handicrafts, food trucks, and would you believe, live music!
Three reasons anyone and everyone wants to go to Memphis: Ribs, Ribs, and Ribs. But seriously, Memphis is known for music and food, two things that usually make everyone's vacation destination checklist. The music heritage is unmistakable and the BBQ pedigree is undeniable. From the famous Sun Records to the Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion Memphis has the sites to please music lovers of all kinds. The debate over the "true" best BBQ joint will never be settled, but while you are there, you can certainly try, right? The Cozy Corner and Payne's are at least a plate, I mean, a place to start. From there, let your stomach lead you. I sweat I saw Elvis there! Please don't get the blues; this vacation, listen to them after your book a vacation package with flight and hotel to Memphis, Tennessee, with Southwest Vacations®.