Things to Do in Memphis
Memphis is a very popular travel destination in the American South. When it comes to blues and rock ‘n roll, all roads lead back to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Because of the rich musical history, Memphis has been named a top travel destination year over year. We are known for our barbecue, but Memphis has also become a popular spot for foodies with many notable chefs and other cuisines. There is so much history and nightlife to explore, you won’t have time to enjoy it all the first time through, ya’ll will just have to come back again and again!
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Within a few blocks of our Ukulele Festival Venue you will find classic Gus’s Fried Chicken; Earnestine and Hazel’s, “the best dive bar in the country”; the iconic Arcade Restaurant; newly-renovated Memphis Central Station, which includes a boutique hotel and a movie theatre; world-famous Beale Street; The acclaimed Civil Rights Museum. and the Blues Hall of Fame or have a drink and tour at Old Dominick Distillery. We’ve just to mention a few of the highlights in this popular area.
Within a couple of miles of our festival you will find Sun Studios, where music genius Sam Phillips discovered Elvis Presley and the rest of the “Million Dollar Quartet,” Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins. The famed Peabody Hotel with their famous ducks, Stax Museum, and the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum.
For serious outdoor enthusiasts, The Bass Pro Pyramid, is a top shopping attraction, which also offers a restaurant with a beautiful view of Memphis from the glass observation deck. Explore the Mississippi River with a Memphis Queen riverboat ride, walk along the Mississippi River or even walk or ride a bike across the river on the Big River Crossing. At night the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge and The Harahan Bridge put on a “mighty light show” that occur hourly with a finale at 10 PM.
Of course Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, is a major attraction. It is the second most visited home in America, after the White House. It is 15 min south of downtown.