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Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

1. Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Visit the landmarks of Memphis and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories and explanations. Your guide will help you discover the top spots including Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Pyramid, and Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was murdered. Begin your day with a hotel pickup from downtown Memphis. Be seated in a mini coach-bus to meet your guide. Begin the tour passing by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab for your local buys, an institution that sells all things Memphis—from regional arts and crafts to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines, and more. Pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continue to the Memphis Pyramid, which is now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” that resembles an Egyptian pyramid and is filled with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range. From there, stop at the Peabody Memphis, a landmark 13-story downtown hotel, famous for having Ducks march every day on a red carpet throughout the reception. Finally, visit Beale Street, voted as the most iconic street in America by USA Today. See the nearly 2 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Then, take a drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s and alongside cotton row. Discover why this fiber is so important in Memphis' history. If you wish, upgrade your tour to include a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddlewheel boat. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your captain about Memphis and its history. You may also add a tour to Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, where Elvis recorded his first song.

Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

2. Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and let the Home of the Blues come alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and stories about your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will see Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the early homes of Elvis, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on an action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages; let loose and sing along as much or as little as you like.

Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

3. Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Get the complete Memphis experience on this bus tour with an introduction to everything that makes Memphis unique. Discover the renowned Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum (if option selected). Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments. If you choose, explore either the exhibitions at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and Beale Street to discover how it became the "home of the Blues". Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including the Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, historic Cotton Row, and Hotel Chisca, where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis for the first time.   At lunchtime, stop into Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbeque food in Memphis.

Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

4. Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

Experience how Memphis, The Home of the Blues, comes alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. Travel with a professional Beale Street musician as your guide who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage as you cruise through the city. Be entertained with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities along the way. Pass by famous landmarks in music history such as Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, The Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash. Receive an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city which is great fun for all ages.

Memphis: 1-Hour Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

5. Memphis: 1-Hour Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

Explore Beale Street, the Memphis street which was voted “America’s Most Iconic Street” by USA Today. Learn about Beale Street’s colorful history, from its early days of sin and vice to its heyday as the center of the city’s vibrant African-American culture. Discover the stories behind the legends, musicians, gangsters, politicians, and crooks who helped make Beale Street the “The Home of the Blues.” Visit A. Schwab’s, Beale Street’s oldest store. See Handy Park, a popular venue for outdoor concerts. Check out the clothes at Old Lanksky’s, where Elvis Presley used to buy his suits. Stroll down Saloon Row and see the clubs and bars. See “The Castle of Missing Men,” AKA the Monarch Club, which was known as being the last stop for many unlucky gamblers.

From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

6. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

Memphis: Private Elvis Tour & Skip the Line to Graceland

7. Memphis: Private Elvis Tour & Skip the Line to Graceland

Dive into the life of Elvis on a private tour. Discover his hometown with a private guide, then visit Graceland. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the King's home before exploring it at your own pace. Begin your immersive Elvis experience with a private walking tour of Memphis. Explore the city where Elvis grew up and see important sites from his life, including his first childhood home and the place where he signed his first contract, Peabody Hotel. Pass Malco Theatre where Elvis had his first job and walk down Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in the United States that runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of 1.8 miles After, savor lunch at a quaint diner (not included). Then, take a 20-minute Uber transfer with your guide to Graceland. Upon arrival, skip the entry lines and enjoy the estate, mansion, and private gardens at your own pace, without your guide, for a few hours. Later, meet up with your guide again to return to Memphis.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

8. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Memphis

Looking for a way to turn downtown Memphis into a giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest have created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Memphis. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way through well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. Your Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure will begin outside the famous Peabody Hotel and will take you on a journey to famous and lesser-known sights of the city. You will find famous barbecue, discover a walk of fame and see some Peabody ducks. You'll see Elvis (really!) and the place where he bought his famous clothes as well as many other unique and historic sights. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for lunch at one of the famous barbeques or grab a refreshing drink and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest: • Rendezvous BBQ • Autozone Baseball Stadium • Peabody Hotel • Memphis Hall of Fame • Elvis Presley Plaza • Orpheum Theater • Beale Street

Memphis: Beale Street and Sun Studio Guided Walking Tour

9. Memphis: Beale Street and Sun Studio Guided Walking Tour

Discover the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock 'n roll with a local guide. Learn about the artists that put Memphis on the map, stroll down Beale Street, and visit the legendary Sun Studio. Start your tour at Handy Park on Beale Street. Join your guide as you set out to explore Memphis and learn about the city's musical heritage and history. See WDIA Radio Station where B.B. King and Rufus Thomas started their work. Take a stroll down one of America's most iconic streets and find out what makes Beale Street so unique. Next, visit Peabody Hotel to see where history was made when Elvis signed his first contract with RCA. End your tour with a visit to Sun Studio where you'll part with your guide and join a small group tour of the studio. Hear inside stories about the artists who recorded here, see priceless memorabilia, and listen to outtakes from recording sessions.

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What people are saying about Beale Street

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Our guide, Canada was excellent. Provided lots of interesting information. The sound system was excellent especially for those with hearing issues. The music played along with the videos really brought the narrative to life. It was a rainy day but that did not dampen the experience. We rode the entire route first then decided where to get off when the weather cleared. We hopped off in several places, had lunch and got back on. Well worth the cost and we have done such tours in DC, NYC and Charleston, NC and liked all of them. Great way to get a brief view of a city. Highly recommend.

Great trip with knowledgeable tour guide. Great balance of music and discussion. Although I've lived here 54 years, I learned things and saw places I knew existed but hadn't seen before. Easy access to bus at Alfred's, so worked well to have lunch there first and then the tour.

Our singer was Indiana and she was awesome. Got the whole bus singing, and I’m not one to sing. She was very engaging and informative and made the tour a blast! Wish i had the drivers name because she was pretty cool and could use a shoutout. Keep up the great work guys!

If you love rock and roll history and you love singing and learning about the origin of the old tunes, you’ll love this tour. Got to see the highlights of old Memphis, it’s early beginnings and stand in the presence of the greats.

Sam was the best. Great stories and very amusing. The tour even picks up at Graceland RV park. Loved it. Ask for Sam, very entertaining and knowledgeable.