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Chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the best emerging destinations in North America for 2019, Memphis is the home of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll.  Marked this year by its Bicentennial Celebration, this vibrant city boasts world-famous barbecue, a vintage trolley service, museum-quality street art, legendary music studios, the National Civil Rights Museum, the famous Beale Street, and, of course, Elvis' Graceland mansion, making it a city not to be missed.  Learn more in the video above or visit the official Memphis Travel website for plenty of great resources to use during your stay.  Need more inspiration?  Check out 200 Reasons to Visit Memphis in 2019.


The Memphis food scene is bursting with amazing flavors and all sorts of delicious cuisine from its famous barbecue to Southern-style food, fine dining to authentic Italian and Mexican food. Expect to find burger joints, breweries, award-winning chefs, and places serving American classics. In a city this rich in cuisine, you'll never go hungry!  Check out some of the best places to eat in Memphis.

Memphis has no shortage of fun and exciting things to do.  The following are just a few of the "must-see" highlights of this amazing city:

National Civil Rights Museum - Located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the museum guides the visitor through centuries of history using multi-sensory and multi-media innovations, historical artifacts and structures, events, speakers and online resources.  Be sure to check out our Optional Excursion to the NCRM and visit this unique museum with your colleagues.

Elvis' Graceland - Explore the beautiful mansion, made fit for The King, walk the gardens where he found peace, and encounter Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal momentos from Elvis and his family.  Tours of the mansion will be provided during this year's Annual Banquet, so be sure to RSVP so we reserve enough tickets!

Backbeat Tours - Known as a "rolling concert," hop aboard a vintage tour bus and come away with a unique and entertaining perspective on the city - and get ready to make some music!

Memphis Riverboat Tours - For an authentic riverboat cruise on the Mississippi, this is the experience for you!  Memphis sightseeing cruises are a great way to see and learn a bit of Mississippi River history while visiting Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame - The MMHoF celebrates visionaries who’ve made music in this city that resonates around the world. Some are household names, some aren’t. But spend an hour or so in their Hall of Fame, and you’ll see how they’re all connected to the soundtrack of your life.

Beale Street Entertainment DistrictLive music spills from each club. Smoky barbecue wafts on the breeze. History hangs in the air. You're on Beale Street.

The Memphis Zoo - The Memphis Zoo spans 70 acres and is home to more than 4,500 animals, representing over 500 different species.  

There are many ways to get around Memphis during your stay.  The Memphis Area Transit Authority vintage trolleys cover 3 main routes in the downtown area. A one-way ticket on the trolley is only $1 or $3.50 for an all-day pass.

The MATA Transit citywide bus system can get you nearly anywhere within the city of Memphis with 33 routes and thousands of bus stops.

The Memphis Hop tour bus is a great hop-on, hop-off bus service that makes it super simple to tour Memphis attractions. The price is $22 for adults.

Also available are taxi and Uber or Lyft services, walking routes and bike rentals.

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