Memphis-Made Itineraries

Sun Studio by David Meany 

Ready-made itineraries for your delegates? We’ve got ’em. Start with some of these ideas, or just tell us which element of Memphis’ magic you’re chasing or the sort of group you’re hosting — we can create your very own one-of-a-kind experience for discovering the unique flavor of our different neighborhoods.

MUSIC FANS

Let’s start with the A-side – those classic must-see Memphis spots: Graceland, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio and the Blues Hall of Fame. Tour Gibson Beale Street Showcase and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (just around the corner from the new Memphis Music Hall of Fame at Hard Rock Cafe). Then, check out the B-side:  those off-the-beaten-path hidden gems – such as dinner and live music at legendary Lafayette’s Music Room or shopping for vintage vinyl at legendary Goner Records. Or just hop on Backbeat Tours’ Mojo Tour, an interactive bus tour that features all the musical must-sees and a professional singing tour guide.

FOODIES

You’ll understand why Memphis is a foodie city when you taste farm-to-table fare at Bounty on Broad, Asian-inspired small plates at Acre, Southern delicacies at Felicia Suzanne’s, impeccable French cuisine at Chez Philippe and fast-casual street fare at food trucks around town. What’s for dessert? A slice of Memphis cream cake (banana cake filled with indulgent peanut butter pastry cream) from Frost Bake Shop.


FAMILIES

Memphis Botanic Garden, with acres of play space known as “My Big Backyard,” Memphis Zoo and The Children’s Museum of Memphis are musts for families. For kid-tested outdoor adventure, fish, ride horseback or bike at Shelby Farms Park, cool off at the Island Play misting park at Beale Street Landing, and walk across the Harahan Bridge to Arkansas, a rails-to-trails route over the Mississippi River.

 

STUDENT GROUPS

Student youth groups want their moment in the spotlight, and venues such as Sun Studio, Graceland and The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts are the perfect venues for performances. Afterward, it’s time to play! 

Youth groups can engage with interactive exhibits at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum, catch a Memphis Redbirds game at AutoZone Park and bowl at an aquatic-themed alley inside the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

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American Dream Safari

If it’s the stories you’re seeking, let Tad Pierson of American Dream Safari be your guide. The perfect step-on guide for a motorcoach tour of Memphis, groups will get a comprehensive look at iconic and off-the-beaten-path sites.

Backbeat Tours

The Mojo Tour is the company’s most popular, with its retro bus, legendary music sites and singing tour guides, but Backbeat Tours also offers an “Amazing Race” across Memphis as a team building scavenger hunt activity. Or, dare your group to take Backbeat’s Ghost Tour, packed with haunting sites and stories.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

Heritage Tours

If it’s history your group is after, view the extensive photography collection depicting our country’s African-American history, on display at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery. And step inside W.C. Handy’s Memphis home and Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum with Heritage Tours. 

Memphis River Boats

Wow your group with a sightseeing voyage (and a fascinating history lesson) along the mighty Mississippi River with a paddlewheel cruise courtesy of Memphis Riverboats.

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