Hum along to Elvis Presley’s music as you visit his old home, Graceland, and the famous Sun Studio, where he and many other musical geniuses began their journey into worldwide stardom. Enjoy a delicious barbeque meal and a cold beer on a bustling street, and learn about American and Tennessean history from a fantastic variety of museums. Enjoy experiences like these by stopping by Memphis on a trip through the Mississippi River.
Have your camera and your appreciation for Blues music at the ready if you’re heading to Memphis. American Cruise Lines stops by this incredible city during a paddlewheel cruise.
Cruise ships dock in Wolf River Harbor at Beale Street Landing. When cruise passengers disembark, they can immediately experience the energy of the city.
Beale Street is an extremely popular section of Memphis, due to its array of restaurants and clubs. Passengers can walk short distances to reach these facilities.
How to Get Around
MATA is Memphis’ major transportation service. It comprises of both bus and trolley services; tourists typically favour the latter to enjoy the city’s sights. Taxis are another way to get around, and those wanting to stretch their legs can reach some of the city’s attractions on foot.
Travel times from Beale Street Landing
It is a 10 minute journey to the National Civil Rights Museum
It is a 27 minute journey to Sun Studio.
It is a 3 minute journey to the National Civil Rights Museum
It is a 5 minute journey to Sun Studio
It is a 12 minute journey to Graceland.
Currency – You’ll need some United States dollars (USD) during your visit to Memphis. Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – Memphis follows Central Standard Time (CST), which is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). From March to November, residents turn their clocks forward 1 hour during Daylight Saving Time.
Weather – Memphis is characterised by hot summers and no dry season. Throughout the year, temperatures range from 0 to 33 degrees Celsius. May to September sees the area’s warm season, with average daily temperatures reaching 28 degrees Celsius. The cold season stretches from November to February, with daily temperatures sitting around 14 degrees Celsius.
Beale Street – Once passengers step off their river cruise, they can explore the iconic and bustling Beale Street. Both locals and visitors flock to this street to try out a variety of fantastic restaurants and to enjoy a drink at one of the city’s many clubs. The food and décor around Beale Street pays homage to the city’s strong Blues music identity. An array of annual events, concerts and live music makes this strip a fantastic place to visit to experience Memphis’ culture and traditions.
The National Civil Rights Museum – The National Civil Rights Museum is one of Memphis’ most popular attractions. It highlights the progression of the Civil Rights Movement, from the days of slavery since 1619 to present-day human rights. Throughout the museum, visitors are able to explore exhibits that shed light on this vital movement – it even includes the room where Martin Luther King Jr. resided during 1968. The location of the museum itself is situated at Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Sun Studio – While in Memphis, visit Sun Studio, the recording workspace of musical legends. Record producer Sam Phillips opened the studio in 1950 under the name Memphis Recording Service. Since then, the studio has seen the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Charlie Rich. Take a tour of this National Historic Landmark and learn about how the studio discovered its musical legends, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, Elvis’ rise to international fame.
Graceland – After exploring Sun Studio, take a trip to Graceland. After needing privacy and security from the public, Elvis and his family bought the mansion for around $102,000 in 1957. Nowadays, visitors can tour Graceland to learn more about Elvis’ life. While exploring Graceland, tourists can see Elvis’ impressive collection of vehicles at the Automobile Museum. His collection of custom jets is also on display, as well as a video exhibition on the history of flight. Sincerely Elvis showcases memorabilia of his personal life, to give visitors insight into what it must have been like for him during his fame. All in all, a visit to Graceland is a fascinating and unforgettable experience, especially for those who closely followed the talented singer.