Memphis, Tennessee, is a cultural hotspot. Located in the Mid-South, it boasts big city vibes while holding onto the small-town family feel it was founded on, laced with music history and modern entertainment. Find everything from historic landmarks to trendsetting nightlight in this Tennessee city.
Must see in Memphis
The Pink Palace family of museums is a must-see in Memphis, showcasing the historical and modern culture. Definitely don't miss the most famous landmark, Beale Street, before heading to the renowned Memphis Zoo, rated no. 1 in the nation in 2008.
Where to stay in Memphis
Families can stay in hotels or resorts downtown, where transportation will be minimal and most tourist attractions can be found on foot. The younger, nightlife-loving crowd tends to crash near Beale Street or in the hipster district called Cooper-Young. But for the best deals, stay in Germantown, a little outside the city.
Best and worst time to go to Memphis
The best time to visit Memphis is in May. The Tennessee summer heat hasn't kicked in yet and Memphis boasts multiple city-wide events and music festivals that month. December through March boasts a lot of rain and minimal outdoor activities. So avoid this season unless you are looking for indoor visits and less crowds.
Where to get lost in Memphis
Don't be afraid to wander around in Cooper-Young. It's cute, quaint, and filled with local cafes, bars, and shops. The neighborhoods are lined with restored historic houses, home to younger adult families. It's known as one of the more artistic and hip areas of the city.
The best deal in Memphis
When visiting, get the Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass. You'll save big while visiting legendary music spots like the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, and Graceland.
Transportation in Memphis
Public buses are the main method of public transportation in Memphis. They run throughout the city and cost less than $2 a ride. The MATA Trolley is also available for shorter, more tourist-focused rides. If you have a car, finding free parking isn't too difficult and if you need to pay to park, it's only a small fee.
Getting in from Memphis International Airport
Transportation from the airport to downtown is easy to acquire, with rental and taxi options right at the airport and it's only a 15 minute ride.
Local tip for visitors to Memphis
Want to eat and shop like a local? Get cheesecake at The Cheesecake Corner and peruse at Flashback, a vibey thrift store. And don't forget Memphis barbeque -- locals swear by Central BBQ.
Author's bio: Rebecca Cicione lives in Nashville. She works in the nonprofit and music industries and her favorite place to be is anywhere outdoors.