Memphis Tours & Day Trips
Memphis tours around the city are the best way to get a real feel of what the city is about. There are many Memphis tours that are led by knowledgeable guides that can explain Memphis history in depth and project a good idea of what things were like when blues music first took a hold of the city. There are so many musical Memphis tours it's hard to choose which one is best! Memphis tours can be fun with a guide but if you want to tour Memphis, it's easy to navigate without a guide as well. So many attractions are close together and transportation is convenient with the vintage trolleys running all day as well as buses and taxis.
Tour Memphis and visit the Victorian Village which includes a row of impressive homes built on what used to be the outskirts of Memphis circa 1800. If opting to tour Memphis, don't miss this historical haunt. Three houses in particular draw interest to the area and they are Woodruff-Fontaine House, Magevney House, Mallory-Neely House which are open to the public Tuesday to Saturday. Magevney was home to the first Catholic Mass in Memphis and contains significant religious history of the area. The Woodruff-Fontaine House is more of a museum now housing unique period furnishings and Mallory-Neely house is designed in unique Italian architectural style.
When heading out to tour Memphis in the evening head over to Overton Square for some evening shopping, dinner or drinks. The square is a multi-block entertainment district that features a large variety of dining, retails shops, and plenty of live music. Events and festivals are common in the area throughout the year and include a well-loved Classic Car Show. Theater shows are enjoyed in the area as well in places such as Playhouse on the Square and the Black Repertory Theater and can be a great way to end Memphis day trips.
The most popular of Memphis day trips is Beale Street without a doubt. On Beale Street, W.C. Handy put down on paper the first written blues music. Exploring Beale Street makes for one of the best Memphis day trips around the area. Though Beale Street is downtown it's also a district on its own. Renowned for being the home of the blues, blues clubs proudly line the street as well as many shops, restaurants and other attractions. The W.C. Handy Museum is a good place to to learn more about the history of Beale Street.
All day trips in Memphis will lead downtown .Downtown Memphis is the most concentrated with attractions and historical sites. Downtown day trips in Memphis include visits to the Memphis Rock 'N Soul Museum, the internationally acclaimed National Civil Rights Museum and famous Sun Studio. Day trips in Memphis in this area also include countless historical buildings and many more museums which recount Memphis' rich history and vibrant culture.
Music based day trips in Memphis should include the hip, eclectic and historic neighborhood of Cooper-Young in Midtown. There are a very diverse mix of shops, restaurants and bars in this creatively minded area. The Cooper-Young Festival is hosted here each fall and features great live music and a 4-mile run. This is one of the more hip and imaginative neighborhoods worth adding to any list of day trips in Memphis.
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