7 Memorable Things to Do in Memphis

Tennessee’s second biggest city, Memphis is a wonderful destination for history hounds, music mavens, and food fanatics. Read on to discover our favorite things to do in Memphis.

Memphis has a wealth of attractions that rivals bigger cities within the United States. While these attractions are fun, many double as deeply emotional and/or educational experiences.

Experiencing this museum is an absolute must, especially if you’re traveling with children. Budget adequate time.

1. Expand Your Mind at the National Civil Rights Museum

Expect to see unique artifacts like Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated Cadillac El Dorado and the Soul Train dance floor when you visit the museum.

2. Get Your Groove on at the Stax Museum of American Soul Museum

Nicknamed The Birthplace of Rock and Roll, this is the studio where Elvis recorded his first songs.

3. Go Back in Time at Sun Studio

Expect an experience that’s both kitschy and touristic. You’ll be surrounded by crowds and end up in a huge gift shop.

4. Make a Pilgrimage to Graceland

This is a great American food city where BBQ masters slow cook meat both with and without sauce.

5. Chow Down on Memphis Barbecue

While Memphis may be world-famous for its barbecue but Memphis’ fried chicken rivals fried chicken in New Orleans and beyond. The key is to order well.

6. Pig Out on Fried Chicken

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