Meet Your Guide To Our City

Memphis Tour Guides Who Rock
Explore the city with Memphis tour guides who capture the essence of Memphis. From civil rights activists to ghost hunters to Elvis aficionados -  these guides offer impressive tours of Memphis with incredible charisma to match.
Elvis Presley’s Biggest Fan: Brad Birkedahl

Brad Birkedahl understands Memphis rock ‘n’ roll history – so much so that he served as the online host for 2013’s Elvis Week and acted in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. He’s a true living legend who has performed on Beale Street for over 15 years and whose band – the Dempseys – earned a brass note along the world-famous street’s Walk of Fame, Birkedahl decided to join forces with friend and fellow musician, Brandon Cunning, to create a Memphis tour experience that allows visitors to explore the city in true vintage rockabilly style. Rockabilly Rides invites visitors to hop in their choice of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 1955 Plymouth Belvedere or 1959 Ford Skyliner for one of three tours that guide you through Memphis history, take you on the Million Dollar Quartet’s journey to fame or get Elvis fans all shook up.
 


Civil Rights Foot Soldier: Elaine Lee-Turner

While thousands of Civil Rights activists have survived to tell their stories, most are limited to dinner table and bedtime conversations with their children and grandchildren. Heritage Tours founder Elaine Turner set out to amplify these stories by offering compelling small group tours through one of the nation’s most storied cities. As a civil rights activist “from the very beginning in the ‘60s,” Turner’s tour is unique in that the story she shares is her own. When she speaks about Beale Street being the mecca for black business, she tells the story of her own first date. Stories about sit-ins on Main Street are culminated with a historical marker that identifies Turner and her sisters as “the most arrested Civil Rights family" in the country. She talks about the meeting places of civil rights icons during a tumultuous time and how those spaces still open their doors for NAACP meetings today.
 
Turner’s Heritage Tour guides you through a movement that leaves you filled with emotion – sorrow, satisfaction, pain and pride – for the civil rights icons revered around the world and the lesser-known leaders who paved the way for the nation’s continued fight for social justice.
 

Take an exciting expedition in the back of a 1955 caddy or cozy up for a quiet horse-drawn carriage ride. Discover music history, culinary wonders, or even the Bluff City’s spooky side. Whatever you’re looking for, Memphis has a tour to help you find it.
A Foodie’s Best Friend: Cristina McCarter

City Tasting Tours is the brainchild of Memphian Cristina McCarter. The bright and bubbly tour guide is Memphis personified – deliciously Southern, dripping with charisma, proud of the city’s rich heritage, dedicated to the ‘que, but eager to explore everything else we have to offer. It was this love of everything Memphis that sparked City Tasting Tours. The upbeat tour introduces you to different culinary treats to match the experience you book. From Downtown dining to cocktail tastings to a fun Sunday brunch tour called “Brunch So Hard,” which includes dining, mimosas, and a bottle of champagne for each participating duo.
 


 

Real-life Ghostbusters: Stephen and Emily Guenther

Meet two real paranormal investigators, Stephen and Emily Guenther. The two offer tours with Historical Haunts of Memphis as a way to introduce visitors (and locals!) to the more provocative side of Memphis history. There may not be anyone better equipped to shed light on the spooky history of Memphis, as Stephen and Emily have personally investigated numerous attractions (like the Woodruff-Fountaine House in Victorian Village) for their haunted history. Today, they feed curious souls with an air-conditioned ride to various ghost-friendly destinations where visitors can call on the spirits themselves. If you’d prefer to enjoy your ghost-hunting adventure with a good beer, try their Haunted Pub Crawl.
 


Bluff City Thrill Seeker: Isaiah Allen

Isaiah Allen is a Memphis transplant who fell in love with the city’s waterways and decided to stay awhile. He’s a certified kayaking instructor with the patience of a saint. This allows all types of kayakers – amateurs to experts – to explore the Mississippi River and Wolf River currents while “Kayaker Allen” guides you to hidden inlets and back channels as a part of Allen's Kayaking Adventure. Share a picnic on your own secret island, bird watch or just relax and let the serenity of nature take over.

Kayaker Allen and his team at Allen’s Kayaking Adventures lead tours, camping excursions, and canoe parties and paddle trips. If want to explore Memphis on the water, Kayaker Allen is the guy to help you do it.