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Memphis, Tennessee

Your Memphis vacation

Maybe it's the rhythm of the mighty Mississippi. Or a history of early struggles that gave birth to the blues. Or a maverick attitude that inspired a truck-driving young man to cut his first record and turn the world upside down. No matter the theory, Memphis' greatest asset as a tourist destination is its culture. Developed over a century, Memphis offers a unique blend of music, food and southern hospitality.

Best time to take a vacation to Memphis

  • Best Time to Go

    When planning vacations to Memphis, spring and autumn are excellent seasons to look for flights when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. Winter is comfortable in Memphis without an overabundance of snow. This makes it a convenient time to plan for Memphis travel for cheaper accommodations. You also get to enjoy Beale Street’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration as part of your Memphis travel at this time of year.

  • Best Time to Go

    When planning vacations to Memphis, spring and autumn are excellent seasons to look for flights when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities. Winter is comfortable in Memphis without an overabundance of snow. This makes it a convenient time to plan for Memphis travel for cheaper accommodations. You also get to enjoy Beale Street’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration as part of your Memphis travel at this time of year.

  • October through November is prime time for budget travelers from abroad to visit the city. The summer crowds have disappeared, the soaring summer temperatures have cooled down and hotels, restaurants and attractions offer a sudden burst of discounted deals. The days may still be warm, and the nights are cool, so be sure to pack a variety of clothing that you can layer to accommodate whatever nature throws at you. April and May also offer some of the city's best weather, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the low 80s, as well as some of the area's most popular festivals and tours. Whether you decide to travel to Memphis during peak travel times or the off-season, Orbitz.com will help you find the lowest possible prices.

Insider tips for Memphis travel

  • Wolfman Harbor

    Enjoy kayaking in Wolf Man Harbor, one of the Mississippi River’s tributary, and see Memphis from the water.

  • Greenline Trail

    Enjoy an afternoon bike ride on the seven-mile Greenline Trail, which links Shelby Farms to Midtown.

  • Memphis Farmers Market

    Browse the local produce from the Memphis Farmers Market downtown where you can taste everything from fresh fruit to home-baked goods.

  • Handy Park

    Enjoy the sounds of local musicians at Handy Park with open-air jazz, blues, and R&B concerts under the stars until the early hours of morning.

  • Jerry's Snow Cones

    Stop for a tasty treat or lunch at Jerry’s Snow Cones, where you can sit and chat with the locals.

  • Wolfman Harbor

    Enjoy kayaking in Wolf Man Harbor, one of the Mississippi River’s tributary, and see Memphis from the water.

  • Greenline Trail

    Enjoy an afternoon bike ride on the seven-mile Greenline Trail, which links Shelby Farms to Midtown.

  • Memphis Farmers Market

    Browse the local produce from the Memphis Farmers Market downtown where you can taste everything from fresh fruit to home-baked goods.

  • Handy Park

    Enjoy the sounds of local musicians at Handy Park with open-air jazz, blues, and R&B concerts under the stars until the early hours of morning.

  • Jerry's Snow Cones

    Stop for a tasty treat or lunch at Jerry’s Snow Cones, where you can sit and chat with the locals.

  • Elmwood Cemetery

    Visit one of the first rural garden cemeteries in the South, as well as the final resting place for many historic Memphis figures.

    Malco Summer Drive-In

    Live like a local and bring back childhood memories with an evening at this iconic drive-in movie theater.

    Caritas Village

    Often overlooked by visitors and locals alike, Caritas Village offers a place for people from all walks of life to come together and share a meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. It is an experience you won't soon forget.

    The Memphis Zoo

    If you're traveling with kids, be sure to visit the Memphis Zoo on Tuesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., when admission is free.

    Playhouse on the Square and the Circuit Playhouse

    To see some of the best productions in the city on a budget, call these theaters in advance. Each one offers at least one night for each production where guests name their own ticket price.

Memphis events

  • Sometimes Memphis music and Memphis food coincide in a few annual events that bring a massive influx of visitors, locals and international media groups.

    For one month a year, downtown's Tom Lee Park is transformed from a tranquil, riverfront greenway into a sea of music, pork and people for the annual Memphis in May festival. This month-long celebration draws tens of thousands of visitors every spring, and features the world-famous Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and several International Events honoring a selected foreign nation (Spain, 2007). Sponsored by Downtown's Center for Southern Folklore, the annual Labor Day Memphis Music and Heritage Festival showcases live music, spoken word and dance on multiple indoor and outdoor stages. The multi-day festival features a parade, as well as tons of Southern cooking, children's activities, works by Southern artists and craftspeople and much more.

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1 Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 21 reviews

250 North Main Street Map

Save 10% on your stay

Lap of luxury in Memphis' largest hotelThis stunning, 600-room hotel -- the largest in Memphis -- offers guests every amenity, plus unparalleled views of the city's skyline and unsurpassed access to the major attractions found in the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll."... More

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2 Crowne Plaza MEMPHIS DOWNTOWN

4 stars
3.5 / 5 44 reviews

300 NORTH SECOND STREET Map

Elegance and entertainment in Downtown MemphisThis 11-floor hotel, known for exceptional service and extensive amenities, offers sumptuous accommodations with first-rate furnishings, an outdoor seasonal pool, free wireless Internet access, a full-service restaurant and... More

Hotel only $132

3 Madison Hotel

5 stars
4.2 / 5 50 reviews

79 Madison Avenue Map

The jazzy spirit of Memphis is brought to life at the Madison Hotel. This boutique luxury hotel dazzles the senses with its striking interiors. Its contemporary style is best defined by its bold use of colors, geometric patterns and modern furnishings. Sexy yet... More

Hotel only $219

4 Peabody Memphis

5 stars
4.3 / 5 117 reviews

149 Union Ave. Map

Grand hotel in the heart of Memphis This world-renowned, AAA Four Diamond hotel combines unrivaled elegance and style with historic detail and timeless sense of grandeur. Southern hospitality and charm epitomize Peabody Memphis, from its impeccable room service to an... More

Hotel only $137

5 The Westin Memphis Beale Street

4 stars
3.9 / 5 108 reviews

170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue Map

Save 25% on your stay

A four-star escape in the home of the blues Guests can't much closer to the hottest action in "Blues City" than the Westin Memphis Beale Street, a spectacular AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel offering an alluring blend of contemporary styling and Southern comfort. The... More

Hotel only $81

6 Hyatt Place Memphis/Primacy Parkway

3 stars
4.2 / 5 74 reviews

1220 PRIMACY PARKWAY Map

Save 30% on your stay

Understated elegance on Primacy Parkway Elegant Hyatt Place Memphis on Primacy Parkway, a hub for business and academia, provides convenient access to major corporations and major institutions of higher learning, including the University of Memphis. Guests enjoy... More

Hotel only $116

7 Holiday Inn MEMPHIS-DOWNTOWN (BEALE ST.)

3 stars
3.5 / 5 72 reviews

160 Union Avenue Map

Where the beat begins in “Blues City” Newly renovated Holiday Inn Select Downtown, ideal for both business meetings or a relaxing weekend retreat, provides guests unlimited access to west Memphis, with major attractions such as the Cook Convention Center, the Pyramid,... More

Hotel only $194

8 River Inn of Harbor Town

5 stars
4.5 / 5 56 reviews

50 Harbor Town Square Map

Free Parking!

Award-winning inn delivers Southern hospitality River Inn, with its bold, welcoming façade and tasteful furnishings, offers a unique and charming escape in one of the most delightful areas of Memphis. The award-winning, upscale hotel offers amenities to suit business... More

Hotel only $179

9 Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

3 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

175 Peabody Place Map

Downtown hotel walking distance to major attractions and business This 144-room hotel in the heart of the Memphis adjoins the Peabody Place Entertainment Center, a destination for music, nightlife, movies, dining, and shopping. Beale Street is a historic center of... More

Hotel only $65

10 La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis Primacy Parkway

3 stars
3.6 / 5 106 reviews

1236 Primacy Pkwy Map

Great escape for soccer players, scholars, and business travelers This centrally located inn on the Primacy Parkway offers convenient access to the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, University of Memphis, and several hospitals. Guests enjoy an inviting, family-friendly... More

Memphis highlights

  • Cooper-Young

    Cooper-Young is a set of cross streets where you can hear a variety of local music and see what Memphis is truly all about.

  • Orpheum Theater

    The Orpheum Theater, located on Main Street, has featured many Broadway shows and had celebrities grace its stage.

  • Levitt Shell

    Levitt Shell, a beautiful park in Midtown Memphis, is the site of Elvis Presley’s first show and continues to provide entertainment for the city.

  • American Queen

    Cruise along the Mississippi River on the American Queen steamboat provide guests a special overnight experience along the river.

  • The Pink Palace Museum

    The Pink Palace Museum, one of the biggest science and historical museums in the mid-south, is worth visiting on Memphis vacations.

  • Memphis Zoo

    Memphis Zoo, located in midtown Memphis, has one of the only Giant Panda exhibits in the country and one of the only zoos to have a live rhinoceros birth.

  • National Civil Rights Museum

    National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, provides a stirring history of the fight for Civil Rights.

  • Victorian Village

    Victorian Village features a series of old Victorian homes, many of which are open to the public.

  • Graceland

    Graceland, the best-known attraction in Memphis, was the home of Elvis Presley and now contains a brilliant display of his history and memorabilia.

  • Memphis Walk of Fame

    Memphis Walk of Fame, located in the Beale Street district, is similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame but focused on Memphis musicians.

  • Introduction

    Memphis is a city known for its music and you will find plenty of attractions and events designed around its musicians. However, you can find plenty of other activities in the city to entertain you, as well. Enjoy the dazzling scene of downtown at night on the antique trolleys as you stop for the famous Memphis barbeque at one of their many restaurants. Visitors can spend an entire afternoon of their Memphis vacations at the museums learning about the history and culture of the area. Enjoy a day out in nature hiking on the trails or biking through the parks.

  • Cooper-Young

    Cooper-Young is a set of cross streets where you can hear a variety of local music and see what Memphis is truly all about.

  • Orpheum Theater

    The Orpheum Theater, located on Main Street, has featured many Broadway shows and had celebrities grace its stage.

  • Levitt Shell

    Levitt Shell, a beautiful park in Midtown Memphis, is the site of Elvis Presley’s first show and continues to provide entertainment for the city.

  • American Queen

    Cruise along the Mississippi River on the American Queen steamboat provide guests a special overnight experience along the river.

  • The Pink Palace Museum

    The Pink Palace Museum, one of the biggest science and historical museums in the mid-south, is worth visiting on Memphis vacations.

  • Memphis Zoo

    Memphis Zoo, located in midtown Memphis, has one of the only Giant Panda exhibits in the country and one of the only zoos to have a live rhinoceros birth.

  • National Civil Rights Museum

    National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, provides a stirring history of the fight for Civil Rights.

  • Victorian Village

    Victorian Village features a series of old Victorian homes, many of which are open to the public.

  • Graceland

    Graceland, the best-known attraction in Memphis, was the home of Elvis Presley and now contains a brilliant display of his history and memorabilia.

  • Memphis Walk of Fame

    Memphis Walk of Fame, located in the Beale Street district, is similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame but focused on Memphis musicians.

  • Introduction

    Memphis is a city known for its music and you will find plenty of attractions and events designed around its musicians. However, you can find plenty of other activities in the city to entertain you, as well. Enjoy the dazzling scene of downtown at night on the antique trolleys as you stop for the famous Memphis barbeque at one of their many restaurants. Visitors can spend an entire afternoon of their Memphis vacations at the museums learning about the history and culture of the area. Enjoy a day out in nature hiking on the trails or biking through the parks.

  • Graceland

    No trip to Memphis would be complete without visiting the place that Elvis called home. Graceland is the second most-visited house in the country, with the White House as the most visited.

    Elvis Week

    Each August, Elvis devotees converge on Memphis to spend an entire week devoted to his memory.

    Carnival Memphis

    This June street festival actually began in 1931 as the Cotton Carnival.

    Beale Street

    Visit the heart and soul of the city and the place where history comes to life. Beale Street is particularly lively in May during the Beale Street Music Festival.

    The Peabody Ducks

    Stop by the Peabody Memphis Hotel to see the daily parade of live ducks heading into the lobby fountain.

    The Orpheum

    This must-see attraction is one of the most historic theaters in Memphis.

    Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

    Learn more about the birth of rhythm and blues at this historic museum.

    Sun Studio

    Take a tour of the birthplace of rock and roll.

    Mud Island

    Spend a day enjoying the great outdoors at the Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum.

    The World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest

    Visit Memphis in May, when professional and amateur barbecue masters converge on the city for the world's largest barbeque cookoff.