If you’re visiting our Memphis campus or are one of our students make sure to get out and explore everything Memphis has to offer. Memphis is known for its connection to blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and out of this world BBQ. If you love good food and good music you’re going to like Memphis. Let’s take a look at some of the Memphis must-visits this Summer.
Let’s just start with the best and most iconic Memphis start. Graceland is the home of Elvis Presley. Learn about the King’s origins and see experience the home he lived in. The home is still decorated in classic ‘70s style. You gotta see the Jungle Room in person to appreciate it. After you tour Graceland walk across the street to a new museum featuring Elvis’ collection of classic cars. Nearby are great cafes and other Elvis dedicated museums.
Still have Elvis fever? The King got his start in the small Sun Studio just east of downtown Memphis. Learn all about Memphis’ musical lore from local artists who serve as your tour guide when you tour the studio. Stand at the same microphone where the King of Rock & Roll made history.
At first glance, Beale Street looks like a typical tourist destination. But the more you explore and longer you stay you’ll experience some very uniquely Memphis things. Go to Silky’s to experience the Irish jumping goats. Experience a world-class concert at the historic New Daisy Theater. Eat a burger cooked in 100-year old grease at Dyer’s, then wash it down with a treat from Schwab’s Old-Fashioned soda counter.
National Civil Rights Museum
Built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is a must-see. Immerse yourself in the struggles involved in achieving civil rights from slavery through the 1960s. Experience first-hand accounts of events through artifacts, special displays, and video presentations.
Have you seen the ducks? Yes, that’s something people say every day at this landmark hotel. Each day at 11 am, a small parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel and across the lobby to the marble fountain. They are led by their red-coated Duckmaster back upstairs daily at 5 pm. Enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar while the kids enjoy the march. You’ll like it too – everybody loves ducks on parade.
Bass Pro Pyramid
Did you think the only pyramids were in Egypt? Think again. The Bass Pro pyramid is an enormous glass pyramid that features the nation’s tallest freestanding elevator. It’s more than just an outdoors store. Bass Pro features amazing aquariums, a bowling alley, luxury hotel, restaurants, shooting ranges and more.