Top 4 things To Do In Memphis | Free Travel Guide
Hi babes from Memphis! I recently took a trip to Nashville and rented a car to take the short 2 and half hour drive to get to Memphis and explore the cultural rich history here!
From the quaint downtown to the civil rights museum there’s plenty to see and do in Memphis, even if you visit for a quick trip!
Fun Facts About Memphis
Did you know that the name Memphis means established and beautiful?!
Close to 20 percent of the early inductees in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame came from a 100-mile radius of Memphis.
Home to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, the second most visited private home in the United States next to the White House D.C.
The Piggly Wiggly, the world’s first self-service grocery store, opened in Memphis in 1916.
where to stay
During my trip to Memphis I stayed at ARRIVE hotel in downtown Memphis.
Check-in at 3PM
Check-out is at 11AM
Must be 21 (or over!) to book a room.
Dogs welcomed, no pet fee.
Valet Parking is available for $25/day + tax.
The hotel has such a modern design and sits in the heart of downtown with Butler Station right out front and the ever popular Arcade Restaurant just steps away!
They also have a bar called “Bar Hustle” that features creative cocktails, local beer, and light snacks from our kitchen.
The room is comfy and the customer service is great! You can communicate with the front desk completely via text.
Where to play
There’s so much history in Memphis from music to civil rights.
During my trip to Memphis, we went to The National Civil Rights Museum, it’s such an amazing and worthy experience. The museum offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, oral histories, interactive media that guides visitors through five centuries of history, from the beginning of the resistance during slavery, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, to the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality.
When you walk through the museum, prepare to feel every emotional possible, cause I sure did. Inside you get to see the country’s impactful yet dark history up close and there’s no denying how much pain and struggle is embedded in the DNA of this country.
The museum does a great job of educating visitors on the realities of it all.
I got chills walking through the exhibit and seeing the room where MLK was assassinated, in pristine condition, as if the act happened the day before, is mind blowing and worthy of experiencing yourself.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
Another amazing museum to visit is the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.
The actual building that houses The Slave Haven was a highly trafficked stop on the Underground Railroad, where enslaved Africans were hidden in the attic and the cellar of Jacob Burkle’s home. The home sat only six blocks away from a major slave auction site.
I had my eyes set on visiting the Slave Haven when I came to Memphis, because I knew the the captivating story & history behind the house and the fact Jacob Burkle was a German immigrant who fled his home country’s oppressive government in the 1850s to help enslaved people pursue freedom.
Put Burkle’s actions into perspective, the only thing awaiting him if word got out of what he was doing… was death. He and the network of people supporting him, exemplified the purest form of selflessness by offering their resources to help.
When I walked into the lower chamber of the house where they would hide the slaves until the darkest hours of night, I could just imagine how much fear the slaves were overcome with knowing that one mistake could cost them everything, but the hope for freedom quickly made the risk worth it.
Few museums let you experience history like the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.
When you purchase a tour, set aside about an hour or two for sightseeing within the Burkle home at your own pace, getting the chance to further speak with the tour guide, etc.
If you’re looking for a place to take your selfie game to the next level… look no further than Selfie Utopia.
The entire space is decked out with props and backdrops that’ll have your feed looking ahhh-mazing! It’s a total interactive experience.
My niece and I had such a fun time!
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Where to dine
Okay, sit down for this one! Cause this dining destination in Memphis is literally one of the cutest in town!
The Beauty Shop is the brain child of Memphis-native Karen Blockman Carrier.
You’ll find this hip restaurant in the heart of the Cooper-Young Entertainment District in a former 1940s-style beauty shop… you read that right.. the former beauty shop has been transformed into a restaurant with the original hair dryers as seats and glass-bricked booths. It’s such a cool vibe here!
I ordered their tempura shrimp dish and absolutely loved it!
Tiger and Peacock
You have to check out Tiger and Peacock! You’ll find their amazing rooftop bar and lounge inside The Memphian Hotel!
We ordered their olive dish, garlic herb shoestring fries and their zodiac inspired cocktail drinks 🍹
Final thoughts ...
Overall I had an amazing time in Memphis and loved being able to see and learn more about the historic ties to the city. The trip was so enlightening and informative.
Comment below with any other travel related questions that you may have!
Hope this post is helpful for you as you plan your next trip.