Top 11 Things to Do in Memphis, TN

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 1, 2019
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Memphis is the beating heart of the American South. Not only is it the birthplace of rock n' roll, but it also played a pivotal role during the civil rights movement. So there's an abundance of culture to immerse oneself in, when in Memphis.

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Charter a boat and go sailing or canoeing on The Mighty Mississippi River, as it winds its way past Memphis. It's the 2nd longest river in the USA and it's the lifeblood of the city.

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Stop by some of the local Memphis fishing spots along the Mississippi. You won't come across a better opportunity to hook some big catfish.
For a tour of the city's landmarks, hop on one of the vintage trams that crawl around downtown Memphis.
Music-lovers should visit the sound booth at Sun Studio where the first-ever rock n' roll song was recorded, back in 1951. Sun Studio has nurtured the talents of great singers like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and of course, The King himself - Elvis.
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum for a comprehensive look at the most important social movement of the last century - the Civil Rights struggle. The museum is built around the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
Overlooking the Mississippi, the Memphis Pyramid (98m tall) stands out. Inside, you'll find restaurants, shops, a bowling alley and even an archery range.

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Go for a serene stroll around the Memphis Botanic Garden - an amalgamation of 23 different types of mini-gardens. Plus, cultural events and kids' competitions are held here regularly.

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To get your blood pumping, you can ride a bike alongside the Wolf River of Memphis on a designated biking trail that cuts through the greenery.
Memphis' 'Malco Summer Drive-In' is one of the few drive-in theaters still left in USA. A relic of simpler times, you can drive up there to watch classic films. It's perfect for an old-fashioned date night.
Memphis is home to some of the tastiest Southern-style soul food that Tennesse has to offer. But the pinnacle of Memphis cuisine would have to be the slow-cooked Memphis-style BBQ ribs.

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Memphis has a vibrant nightlife scene, centered around the legendary Beale Street - Home of the Blues. Night after night, people are drawn to this iconic attraction, for some good music and good food.