Graceland: EPE

1. One-of-a-Kind

Graceland by EPE 

An iconic bridge unafraid to stand up to the Mighty Mississippi, a pyramid rising high above its urban surroundings, a kingdom fit for a King, a palace made just for ducks. These are just a few of the one-of-a-kind landmarks that you’ll find in Memphis.

  • Southern Living - 18 Southern Places to Visit before you Die (Graceland)
  • Most Iconic American Street - Beale Street - (USA Today)
  • Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid has the tallest free standing elevator in the U.S.

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Southern Avenue Singing

2. Music

Southern Avenue Band by the MCVB 

Celebrated time and time again as one of the top music destinations in the world. From the rhythm of the river to the beats of Beale Street, Memphis is where many forms of music were born and are still being recorded today, creating the original Memphis sound.

  • (USAToday) ranked Graceland #1, Sun Studio #2 and Stax Museum of American Soul Music #5 on its list of the "World's Best Music Attractions"
  • Billboard's No. 1 Hit "Uptown Funk" Performed by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, was recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis
  • Memphis was named 2017 #1 Most Livable Cities to Build a Music Career by SonicBids Blogs

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Chef Kelly English talks Memphis barbecue

3. Culinary

Chef Kelly English by the MCVB

From local news to fine wines, down-home barbecue to haute cuisine, Memphis has a food scene that will delight your taste buds and feed your soul. 

  • Named #2 “America’s 10 Best Cities for BBQ” Huffington Post 
  • Runner up in Southern Living’s “Tastiest Town in the South”
  • Thrillist - 10 untapped beer cities poised to blow up 

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our amazing restaurants

rendezvous barbecue

4. Southern Hospitality

Smoking Ribs at Rendezvous by Craig Thompson

Southern hospitality means you are always greeted with a warm smile and a friendly welcome. Memphis is always trying to bring people together, inviting them to share their diverse perspectives and passions. 

  • Travel & Leisure- #14 America’s Friendliest Cities
  • Courier magazine (official magazine of NTA) recently awarded Memphis as a “Favorite Big City Destination.”

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Rosa Parks Bus Boycotts - National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis

5. History & Heritage

National Civil Rights Museum by BrandUSA

From a heritage rich in blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll to championing civil rights, Memphis is a place where you can respect the past, embrace the present, and create the future.

  • TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice ranked the National Civil Rights Museum as its “Top Museum” 
  • Expedia- 15 Best Places to Experience American Culture
  • Family Trips - 5 destinations where “Black Lives Matter”

Memphis History & Culture

6. Location

Cycling by Craig Thompson

Because Memphis is centrally located in the U.S. and sits right on the mighty Mississippi River, it’s a relatively short trip by water, land or air to most major U.S. cities. 

  • FedEx’s operating hub was formed out of Memphis International Airport in 1973 by Fred Smith and ships over 10 million packages each day all across the globe 
  • Amtrak provides direct passenger service from Chicago and New Orleans to Memphis which includes amenities such as a dining car, a theater car, and a sightseeing lounge
  • Memphis has express bus service to 13 cities provided by Megabus and Greyhound, including daily and overnight express service from cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Houston 
  • Several river cruises dock at Beale Street Landing in Memphis including The American Queen and French America Cruises

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Levitt Shell: Commercial Appeal

7. Budget Friendly

Levitt Shell Concert by The Commercial Appeal 

Memphis has the energy and excitment of a big city full of fun and unique things to do, see, taste and experience, without the big city prices. You'll find free concerts at the Levitt Shell, outdoor experiences like Big River Crossing, and one-of-a-kind attractions that won't break the bank.  

  • Invidbed - 7 Ideas for an Affordable Summer Vacation (Memphis ranked #4)
  • Redfin - The 10 Most Affordable Cities for Music Lovers (Memphis ranked #9)
  • “Most Affordable Cities” by the Huffington Post

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Beale Street Music Festival

8. Festivals & Events

Beale Street Music Festival by James Wessels 

Where you’re into food or film, music or movement, culture or community action, there is always a festival, event or activity around town. 

  • Fuse - 22 Music Festivals You Need to Attend in 2016 - Beale Street Music Festival
  • Southern Living - South’s Top BBQ Joints (A&R Bar-B-Que ranked #1 / The Bar-B-Q Shop ranked #5 / Rendezvous ranked #11 / Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q ranked #26)
  • The International Blues Festival is the largest gathering of blues acts in the world

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A trolley in Memphis

9. Performance Arts

A Night At The Orpheum by Phillip Parker

From musicals at the Orpheum to the distinctive stylings of Ballet Memphis to the showcasing of African American writers at Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis is the stage for world-class performances and home to some of the most original theatre, music and dance in the country today and will move your soul like few other places can. 

  • Ballet Memphis was identified by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure” 

Don't Miss a Performance 

Shelby Farms Go Ape Zip Line - Allen Gillespie

10. Sports & Outdoors

Shelby Farms by Allen Gillespie

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or sports fan, Memphis has it all. Situated alongside the Mississippi with more than 9 parks, and 200+ miles of bike lanes, Memphis has a wealth of outdoor adventures. You can also watch the Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball team at AutoZone Park, experience the grit ’n grind of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum, or cheer on the Memphis Tiger’s at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Or tee off at our many golf courses, catch a car show or race at Memphis International Raceway or see a Mississippi RiverKings hockey game up close and personal.

  • ESPN voted the Memphis Grizzlies as the #1 Sports Franchise in America
  • Canoe and Kayak Magazine named Memphis as one of “America’s Best Paddling Towns” 
  • America’s Most Improved Bike City – Bicycling Magazine

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