Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.
Driving – Travel by car is really the only way to get around Memphis if you want to do anything other than see Downtown.
Public Transit – Bus service provided by the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is available across the city. Some routes are very poorly served in the evenings. At nights and weekends some buses take a different route than during the day which can be a trap for visitors.
A trolley operates downtown and into Midtown, mostly for the benefit of tourists
The Bettie Bus – Airport Shuttle and local tours.
Memphis is laid out in a more or less east/west fashion. Roads primarily go east/west and north/south. The expressway fortunately cuts directly through the city.
The Mississippi River – The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States and the largest by volume. It serves as Memphis’ western border and is the reason why Memphis is known as “The River City” and “Bluff City.”
Beale Street – Beale Street is perhaps the most famous street in Memphis and is home to more than 25 clubs and shops. Whether you want to find Memphis souvenirs, enjoy authentic Memphis soul food, listen to live music, or party into the night, Beale Street has everything you need.
The National Civil Rights Museum – The National Civil Rights Museum is a one of a kind facility that showcases the struggle for civil rights in the United States. The museum is housed in the renovated Lorraine Motel which is the very hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
The Peabody Ducks – The Peabody Ducks are arguably one of Memphis’ most unusual attractions. Each morning, a parade of five ducks marches into the fountain in the Peabody Hotel’s grand lobby to the sounds of John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March.
Sun Studio – Sun Studio was recording home to many artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, and more. Today it still functions as a recording studio, but also as a tourist attraction for music lovers from all over the world.
The Memphis Zoo – The Memphis Zoo has been one of the city’s most popular attractions for 100 years. Its numerous and impressive renovations over the last several years have made the zoo better than ever. The zoo now houses more than 3,000 animals on its 70 acres, including lions, bears, elephants, and most recently, giant pandas on loan from China.
Pink Palace Museum – If you want a glimpse into Memphis history, the Pink Palace Museum is the place to go. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in the southeast and houses and impressive collection of exhibits designed to teach visitors about the cultural and natural history of Memphis and the Mid-South.