Memphis cannot be described in one word. It’s the feeling groups get when in the realm of musical icons. It’s in the heartbeat of the city where soul was forged and where rock ’n’ roll changed the world. It’s a mix of old and new, culture and innovation. The emotions are endless and they are new each time groups visit.
“Memphis is a city of striking combinations, and because of that, it’s a good fit for any group,” said Colleen Palmertree, national sales manager of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. “In Memphis, the magic is in the mix, and we are here to help you create your own one-of-a-kind experience for your group.”
The Memphis CVB provided this three-day itinerary.
Start from the beginning of Memphis music history with a visit to the Smithsonian-cultivated Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. The museum boats seven galleries with over 30 instruments and 40 costumes. After, continue the musical journey with a visit to Graceland and the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Next, take a visit to Sun Studio, where Elvis got his start and the home to the famous Million Dollar Quartet. Finish the day off with a visit to Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which honors Stax Records and all of the artists that recorded there.
Memphis is home to the Lorraine Motel – the place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination almost 50 years ago. The National Civil Rights Museum is built around the former hotel, and comprises of exhibits and museums showcasing the civil rights movement from beginning to present day. Take a tour of the museum and see the view of the hotel room in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last night alive. Afterward, visit the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum in a home that was originally part of the Underground Railroad and facilitated the escape to freedom for many slaves. The civil rights movement had an impact on music, which can be seen through visits to both the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors Memphis musicians for their lifetime achievement in the music industry. At the Blues Hall of Fame, groups can see 10 galleries with interactive displays, and iconic memorabilia such as Koko Taylor’s dress, Otis Spann’s piano, R.L. Burnsides guitar and Elvin Bishop’s overalls.
Swing, zip and climb the trees at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, a 4,500-acre park with 20 lakes for fishing, paddle boating, canoeing, disc golfing and horseback riding. The park also includes picnic pavilions and bicycle and walking trails for groups. After working up an appetite, grab some lunch at The Kitchen, an American bistro inside the park. After lunch, head over to the Memphis Zoo and see giant pandas and more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. End the day with a walk across Big River Crossing – the largest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River.
Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau