A visit to Memphis is a must for any music buff and with a wide array of live tunes on stages across the city, there is something for everyone to be loved. Once you touch down in the Elvis’s Hometown, grab your rental car from Memphis International Airport and start exploring one of the hippest towns in the South.
A trip to Memphis is full of promise for any visitor with an interest in music, American history, or good times in general. The most popular attraction in Memphis is Elvis’s home, Graceland. A pilgrimage to this one of a kind monument to the King is on many people’s bucket lists and is not to be overlooked. The house itself has been perfectly preserved in the style unique to its legendary owner. Take a self-guided tour of both the house and the grounds, and make sure to visit the King’s own pink Cadillac.
But Memphis music attractions do not end at Graceland. The legendary Sun Studios beckon visitors to truly walk in the footsteps of America’s greats. Opened in 1950 by prolific Sam Phillips, Sun Studios hosts daily tours of the actual Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll. Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Million Dollar Quartet, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded some of their biggest hits in these hallowed rooms.
Not just important for music history, but Civil Rights History, Memphis is home to the excellent tribute to the era and it’s heroes at the National Civil Rights Museum. Learn about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. mere steps from where MLK fell at the Lorraine Motel. An important piece of history for all to experience, the museum will leave you uncomfortable but truly inspired by the brave work of these legends.
Other attractions in Memphis include the ornate Peabody Hotel near Beale Street. Make sure you hit the Peabody when the ducks are making their daily walks to and from the fountains, and stroll down Beale Street to experience any number of exciting live venues and that exquisite Memphis sound. Ride on a riverboat to get a true experience cruising the Mississippi River.
Renting a car from the Memphis airport is your best bet in hitting all of those Rock and Roll hot spots. Whether you are looking for a family vacation friendly vehicle or a luxury convertible to feel like a rock star, book any one of our safe and reliable cars at Orbitz to make the most out of your time along the great Mississippi.