Memphis offers a host of attractions for you and your family to see while you’re in town for the Expo.
The Memphis Marriott Downtown Hotel and Memphis Cook Convention Center are located just a short walk or trolley ride from numerous restaurants and attractions.
Visit www.memphistravel.com for details on these and other sites.
One of the most famous spots in Memphis, Beale Street has something for everyone — more than 25 shops and clubs, live music, Memphis soul food, souvenirs, night life and just about anything else you could ask for.
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis
800-238-2000 (toll free)
Without a doubt, Graceland is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Memphis. Visitors to Graceland are given the opportunity to tour Elvis’ mansion, visit his grave and even view his collection of automobiles and airplanes. For Elvis fans or fans of just music in general, a visit to Graceland is a must.
The Memphis Zoo
2000 Galloway Ave., Memphis
The Memphis Zoo has been one of the city’s most popular attractions for 100 years. Its numerous and impressive renovations over the last several years have made the zoo better than ever. The zoo now houses more than 3,000 animals on its 70 acres, including lions, bears, elephants, and most recently, giant pandas on loan from China.
The National Civil Rights Museum
405 Mulberry St., Memphis
In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the site of this tragedy has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum, which aims to preserve King’s legacy. This facility houses artifacts and showcases the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement. It attracts visitors from all over the world.
Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Ave., Memphis
One of the largest museums of its kind in the Southeast, the Pink Palace Museum houses exhibits dedicated to the history of Memphis and the mid-South. Contained within the uniquely rosy structure are artifacts and replicas chronicling the cultural and natural history of Tennessee and the surrounding areas. In addition, the museum also offers a planetarium and four-story IMAX theater.
The Rendezvous Restaurant
52 South Second St., Memphis
The Rendezvous Restaurant is possibly the most famous barbeque restaurant in Memphis, which is saying a lot because the town is known for its saucy cuisine! In business since 1948, the Rendezvous has been featured in novels, movies and national news stories and has been frequented by celebrities. In 2006, then-President George W. Bush and the Japanese prime minister visited the restaurant for lunch.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore, Memphis
The only soul museum in the world, the Stax Museum boasts more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, videos, photographs, stage costumes, instruments and other items of memorabilia. If an authentic 100-year-old Mississippi Delta church, a Soul Train dance floor and Isaac Hayes’ restored 1972 peacock-blue, gold-trimmed Cadillac El Dorado sound like music to your ears, the Stax Museum is definitely for you.
706 Union Ave., Memphis
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner and many more laid down tracks at Sun Studio. Today the studio does double duty as a tourist attraction and a recording studio for modern artists. Tours of this National Historic Landmark are given seven times each day.