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Memphis Tours

In the back of a 1955 Cadillac, Tad Pierson takes you on a journey like you’ve never experienced. His American Dream Safari company offers themed rides, including Juke Joint Full of Blues, a Delta Day Trip and a soul-soothing Road Therapy Tour. Tad has done personal tours for some very influential folks as the autographed door panels would indicate, and his rich historic and cultural knowledge are as vast as the Mississippi River is long. 

Got enough friends to form a band? Well, pick up a Backbeat Tour on Beale Street and hop aboard their vintage tour bus. These tours have been classified as rolling concerts, so you’ll need your instrument (don’t worry, they’ve got you covered) and a camera to capture the good times. Backbeat gives one of the more unique and entertaining views of our great city.

For more cool cars check out Rockabilly Rides. Hop into a 1955 Chevy Bel Air or 1959 Ford Skyliner and get the true Memphis experience with two Beale Street entertainers who not only know the music history but live it every day. They are also some of the biggest Elvis fans you will find in the city. These cars make you feel like you are back in Memphis when Elvis was becoming the King of Rock 'n' Roll. 

Heritage ToursA Tour of Possibilities and Blues City Tours offer a variety of themed bus tours from music to Memphis history and Graceland. Grab a shuttle bus to the Tunica casinos for some gaming, or explore the civil rights and African-American culture that shaped Memphis.

No car, but want to see the city? Get on board with the Memphis Hop. For one low price this rockin' shuttle makes stops at 10 Memphis attractions every hour. Spend as much time as you want in each attraction and catch the next bus to move on at your own pace. The Memphis Hop operates Tuesday - Sunday each week and daily passes are only $22 for adults. Get the details at MemphisHop.com.

Another way to get around is by bike. But why bike solo when you can bring all of your friends? Have a party on wheels with Sprock n’ Roll and check out their pedaling pubcrawl tours. The 16-person pedal powered bicycle will take you around downtown or midtown. Book your tour and get all the details at sprocknrollmemphis.com.

Spend any amount of time in downtown Memphis, and you’ll surely come across a carriage. Saddle up for a horse-drawn carriage tour with the family or choose a romantic after-dinner trot exploring the heart of downtown. You’ll get your own driver for these one-hour tours (with their ever-present canine companion) giving you a spin on the Memphis scene.

Got a dollar in your pocket? Well, that’s enough to get you a ride on the downtown trolleys. You’ll boogie past shopping, restaurants, historic attractions and art galleries. If you take the Main Street Trolley, hop off at the corner of Main and G.E. Patterson to have a bite to eat at The Arcade Restaurant. The oldest restaurant in Memphis serves up Food Network diner favorites, has been the backdrop to numerous movies and was a hangout of Elvis Presley. If you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, the trolley rides on South Main are free, music fills the air and galleries fling open their doors to display their local art.

When you’re ready to leave land for water, a Memphis riverboat tour is just the ticket. See the legendary Mississippi from the view of Mark Twain aboard these charming vessels. Cruise the night away with a romantic dinner cruise or take a traditional sightseeing cruise to learn about the importance and beauty of the Mississippi River.

Wanna stretch your muscles? We have walking and running tours for any age, ability or flavor. Cascade down Beale Street or see the bevy of stars at the Orpheum Theatre’s Walk of Fame. Historic markers located throughout downtown will tell you where to journey next.

Get your heart racing a with 3- to 6-mile running tours from Rockin’ Running Tours. Zoom past landmarks and points of interest with your running tour guide. It’s the perfect way to burn off some of that famous Memphis banana pudding.