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See the Bluff City on a Bus Rental in Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is at the southwestern portion of Tennessee and is home to more than 653,000 people, making it the biggest city in the state, as well as the biggest one on the Mississippi river. Memphis is also the 20th largest city in the country.

The city might be the youngest of all major cities in the state, but it has a rich history behind it, as well as several attractions and sites that both locals and tourists love. So why don't you get on a bus rental in Memphis, Tennessee and see the many sites here?

Have fun in the BBQ Capital of the World on a bus rental in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis is known as the BBQ Capital of the World because of its slow smoked meats. However, that is not all you can find here. A vacation in the city usually means time packed with events, sites, and activities that you could enjoy and experience. Make it all very memorable when you get on a bus rental in Memphis, Tennessee together with family and friends and see the city in comfort, convenience and style. All you have to worry about is having fun and where to go.

BusRental.com helps you out with that with this guide.

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

One of the best places to have fun with the whole family is at the Golf and Games Family Park. It has 40 acres of space packed with attractions such as the video game arcade, the Sky Trail ropes course, Maxflight Rollercoaster, a laser tag facility, batting cages, bumper boats, go karts, the Funland, Putt Putt Golf course, picnic facilities and a driving range.

Another attraction where you can have loads of fun is the Mid-South Maze Cornfield. Then you have Laser Quest and FunQuest Bowling, too.

Arts & Culture

Memphis, Arts & Culture

Art and culture come alive in the city, and it has several great attractions that would surely amaze art lovers. First off, check out the different art museums here. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is one of the few soul museums in the world. The museum is housed inside the old location of Stax Records. It has exhibits on Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Albert King, and other artists who were signed up with the record company, as well as motown greats and other great artists outside of the Stax fold, including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

The Dixon Garden and Gallery gives you the best fine art works in the city with its rotating exhibits and permanent collection of more than 2,000 objects. You could find American and French Impressionist paintings, and fine porcelain from England and Germany, among others. They have around ten exhibits yearly. The facility also maintains a public garden.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the biggest and oldest art museum in the state. It features decorative and fine art works. Some of the works you would see here include those belonging to the Kress Collection, as well as works by Renoir, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Motherwell, Camille Pissarro, Nancy Graves, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Carroll Cloar, Childe Hassam, and Kenneth Noland. The museum also has a fine collection of decorative arts, sculpture, textiles and furniture.

You can also check out the art galleries that have mushroomed throughout Memphis in the last twenty years. First off, there's Overton Square and the independent art galleries on South Main, on the trolley line in downtown Memphis, as well as the Cooper-Young area, and the art studio neighborhood called the Edge. Then you have Broad Avenue in Binghamton, where you could find craftsmen and artists displaying their works. Galleries in the east part of the city such as Perry Nicole Gallery, David Lusk Gallery, Lisa Kurts Gallery, and L Ross Gallery are also worth a visit.

Further, you should also see the informal art created by artists such as James Brigance that you could find in the various African American neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the National Ornamental Metal Museum works to preserve, exhibit and collect the finest examples of metalwork in the city. It currently holds more than 3,000 objects and several exhibits featuring traveling collections from other museums.

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum tells visitors about the pioneers in the rock and soul genres. This is the only and the first of such that is backed by the Smithsonian Institution.

Music. Tennessee has a strong musical heritage and Memphis and Memphis has a music scene that is simply happening.

Be sure to check out the many venues on Beale Street, widely regarded as the birthplace of rock and roll, the blues, and the civil rights movement. Its restaurants are noted for dishing out the best BBQs in the city, but the music is what draws people here. Get the chance to enjoy the best performances on the same stage where B.B. King and Isaac Hayes once played! While on Beale Street, be sure to check out the Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall, the last juke joint here, which also features live musical acts every night of the week.

You should pay homage to Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded his very first single, and the home to Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. You can join a guided tour of the studio and then head out to Graceland.

Depending on your musical tastes, here are some of the best venues in town:

  • Jazz. Check out BB King's, King's Palace Cafe, Jaguar, and Alfred's for some of the best jazz performances on Beale Street. Also if you want to catch a live concert, you can check out what's happening at the Memphis Jazz Foundation for concerts and events schedules.
  • Country and blues. The city is home of the blues and check out Black Diamond and BB King's for some great blues music. You can also go to the Center for Southern Folklore where you can enjoy the music, the coffee and the museum-like exhibits, as well as great country music as well. Speaking of country music, check out the Hi Tone Cafe and the Orpheum Theatre. If you are lucky you might be able to hear the North Mississippi Allstars and Junior Brown perform live.
  • Bluegrass. You can hear the best acoustic performances as well as go on a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory.
  • Gospel. Memphis is home to the Full Gospel Tabernacle, where you can see the Rev. Al Green perform.

Other top restaurants you can find here include:

  • Blues City
  • Handy Park Pavilion
  • Minglewood Hall
  • Newby's
  • Nocturnal
  • Young Avenue Deli

Then you have Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Levitt Shell, Buccaneer, Blind Bear, Lafayette's Music Room, Kudzu's, and Mud Island Amphitheatre.

Theater. Catch a show at the Playhouse on the Square, a regional theater that welcomes more than 300 people in every sold out performance. The theater is also rented out to Indie Memphis for its annual film festival. You also have the Circuit Playhouse, which seats more than 200 people and TheatreWorks, which is used for rehearsals and smaller productions.

Theatre Memphis is among the oldest community theaters in the United States and gives local audiences the chance to see some of the best productions in the area. It has two stages including the Next Stage, which has 100 seats and the Lohrey Mainstage, which accommodates 400 people. Then you have the Orpheum Theatre and is one of the very few movie palaces that is still standing. Today, you could watch lavish Broadway productions here as well as other productions and concerts. The Orpheum Theater is home to both the Opera Memphis and the Ballet Memphis.

You could also watch performances at the New Daisy Theatre.

Further, be sure to check out the Voices of the South if you want both variety and awesome productions. You should also check out Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe.

Events and festivals. The city is home to several notable festivals and annual events. Check out the Carnival Memphis that is held every summer to help celebrate many aspects about the city and the various industries that are found here.

You also have Memphis in May International Festival, which highlights the music and cuisines of the city. This is the biggest festival in the city, with four main events: the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, the Sunset Symphony, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Cooper-Young Festival is an arts festival that you can catch every September. During the event, you can participate in various contests, see great art and even buy them. The festivals welcome at least 50,000 people every year. Africa in April, on the other hand, is one of the top African American festivals in the country and has been focusing on the culture, music, food, and fashion of the Republic of Mali.

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival is a two-day event that gives you the chance to see local musicians performing a wide variety of musical styles such as rap, rock, blues, gospel, marching bands, folk and jazz. There are a total of six stages, as well as arts and crafts booth, food and cooking demonstrations. More than 50,000 people attend every year.

Elvis Week celebrates the life of the King. Get to visit Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion, relax on the grounds and relive his music. Musical concerts, Elvis bingo and solemn vigils are also held during the festival. Then you have the Memphis Film Festival where you can take your pick from more than 125 TV shows and feature films. There are four viewing rooms and panel discussions for each film.

Further, Skyfest Tennessee is an airshow that gives you the chance to see an A-10 Thunderbolts or a 450 Stearman biplane in flight.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Memphis, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Memphis is one of the most fit cities in the United States. It is also the home of the University of Memphis Tigers.

The Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association plays their home games at FedExForum, while the Memphis Redbirds minor league baseball squad play their home games at the AutoZone Park.

Other sports venues you can visit in Memphis include the:

  • Canale Arena, home of the Buccaneer male and female basketball and volleyball teams. This is the athletic facility of the Christian Brothers University.
  • The Elma Roane Fieldhouse accommodates close to 2,600 people and is home to the Tigers women's volleyball and basketball teams.
  • The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is where the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is held and is the home of the Tigers football team. The stadium is situated at Mid-South Fairgrounds and can accommodate more than 59,000 people.
  • Memphis International Raceway holds auto races and has a 2.9 km. Course.
  • The Mike Rose Soccer Complex has 16 soccer fields and a stadium that accommodates 2,500 people.

Aside from these sports venues, you would also love the city's various national sporting events such as the US National Indoor Tennis Championships, the Memphis in May Triathlon, PGA Tour St. Jude Classic, the Southern Heritage Classic and the St. Jude Marathon and Half Marathon.

Then you have the more than four dozen golf courses here that you could go to. Some of the best include:

  • Chickasaw Country Club
  • Irene Golf and Country Club
  • Links At Galloway
  • Links At Whitehaven
  • Memphis Country Club
  • Overton Park Golf Course
  • Pine Hill Golf Course
  • Ridgeway Country Club
  • Riverside Golf Course
  • T.O. Fuller State Park Golf Course
  • The Links At Audubon
  • The Links At Davey Crockett
  • The Links At Fox Meadows
  • TPC at Southwind
  • Windyke Country Club

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Memphis, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Several museums that you should go to include the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and now educates visitors on the events of that fateful day, as well as the events and details of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Memphis Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium is both a historical and science museum. Exhibits here are very varied, as you could get to see exhibits that touch on anywhere from archaeological finds to chemistry. Exhibits here include the city's history and history. Such as a replica of the Piggly Wiggly store, Clarence Saunders exhibit, 15th century pottery, and Native American artifacts among others.

The CH Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site is located inside the University of Memphis campus. Exhibits and features here help educate people about archaeology and the Native American cultures of the city.

The city is home to close to 160 historic sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is a guarantee that history buffs would have a dizzying time trying to check all of these out. Our suggestion? Go through any one of the close to four dozen historic districts in the city, including:

  • Gaston Park Historic District
  • Goodwyn Street Historic District
  • Green Meadows-Poplar Glen Historic District
  • High Point Terrace Historic District
  • LeMoyne College Historic District
  • Normal Station Historic District
  • Picardy Place Historic District
  • South Bluffs Warehouse Historic District
  • South Main Street Historic District
  • Southern Railway Industrial Historic District
  • Southwestern at Memphis Historic District
  • Southwestern at Memphis Sorority Row Historic District
  • St. Paul Avenue Historic District
  • Third Addition to Jackson Terrace Historic District
  • Vollintine Evergreen North Historic District

You can also check out Central High School, L.C. Humes High School, Melrose School, Peabody Elementary School, Rozelle Elementary School, which are all part of the Public Schools of Memphis 1902-1915 Multiple Property Submission. Other schools in the register include: Cordova School, Douglass High School, Fairview Junior High School, and Lenox School.

Then you have the churches here that are part of the Religious Resources of Memphis Multiple Property Submission such as First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Catholic Church and Convent. Other churches on the register include: Calvary Episcopal Church and Parish House, Collins Chapel CME Church and Site, First Colored Baptist Church, First Congregational Church and Parish House, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Martin Memorial Temple CME Church, Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ, Second Congregational Church, Second Presbyterian Church, St. Mary's Cathedral, Chapel, and Diocesan House, and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Further, Memphis National Cemetery is a civil war era cemetery, then you can go to the following as well: Elmwood Cemetery, Elmwood Cemetery Office and Entrance Bridge, and Sculptures of Dionicio Rodriguez at Memorial Park Cemetery. While there are two historic public housing projects here, the Lauderdale Courts Public Housing Project and LeMoyne Gardens Public Housing Project.

You can go to the Elvis Presley House or the more famous Graceland, which is a mansion that stands on 13.8 acres of space. This was Presley's home in the 1960s built in the 1930s. Other notable homes in the Bluff City include:

  • Abraham Lowenstein House
  • Cornelius Lawrence Clancy House
  • Dr. Christopher M. Roulhac House
  • George Collins Love House
  • James Lee House
  • John Alexander Austin House
  • John S. Toof House
  • Lee and Fontaine Houses of the James Lee Memorial
  • Lt. George W. Lee House
  • Newton Copeland Richards House
  • Pauline Cheek Barton House
  • Robert M. Carrier House
  • Rowland J. Darnell House

Then you have the historic commercial buildings as well, such as B. Lowenstein & Brothers Building, Bank of Commerce and Trust Company Building, Dixie Greyhound Bus Lines Complex, National Cotton Council Building, Dr. D.T. Porter Building, Tennessee Club-Overall Goodbar Building, Memphis Bank and Trust Building, William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop, William R. Moore Dry Goods Building, and Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog Distribution Center and Retail Store.

And then there are the not so usual historic sites such as Memphis and Arkansas Bridge, Memphis Landing, and the Memphis Queen II Floating Vessel. There are also two historic hotels such as Peabody Hotel and Hotel Claridge.

Other historic sites you could find here include:

  • Chickasaw Heritage Park
  • Columbian Mutual Tower
  • John Willard Brister Library
  • Leslie M. Stratton YMCA
  • Memphis Trust Building
  • Tennessee Trust Building
  • The Knickerbocker Apartments
  • Tri State Iron Works
  • U.S. Marine Hospital Executive Building and Laundry-Kitchen
  • U.S. Post Office-Front Street Station

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Memphis, Parks & Outdoor Activities

Fly a kite, have a picnic, get active. The Bluff city is home to more than 160 parks, five senior centers, more than a hundred basketball hoops and baseball diamonds, more than two dozen summer day camps, 83 playgrounds and tot lots, close to three dozen football and soccer fields, a dog park and skate park at Tobey Park, seven tennis centers, a marina at McKeller Lake at King Riverside Park, a sprayground at Peabody Park, 13 outdoor aquatic facilities and four indoor ones, and two dozen community centers.

One of the most visited sports attraction in the city is the Shelby Farms Park. The 4,500 acre park welcomes half a million visitors a year and is the second biggest urban county park in the country. You could go on the Shelby Farms Greenline here and bike your way to Shelby Farms.

Then you have Overton Park, which has more than 340 acres of space. It is located at the heart of the city and features a golf course, the Memphis Zoo, Levitt shell, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Rainbow Lake, Greensward, playgrounds and the Old Forest State Natural Area.

You can also check out Tom Lee Park, where you can get some of the greatest views of the Mississippi River. Joggers, walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers love this park. Other riverfront parks include:

  • Ashburn-Coppock Park
  • Butler Park
  • Chickasaw Park
  • Crump Park
  • Martyrs Park
  • Memphis Park
  • Mississippi Greenbelt Park
  • Mississippi River Park
  • Mud Island River Park
  • Vance Park

Court Square is also a popular venue for concerts, talent shows, and other events. Be sure to see the fountain here or just enjoy its beauty.

Peabody Park features a playground, the Raymond Skinner Center, and an area for water play during the summer. Other parks with swimming pools and other features here include Bickford Park, L.E. Brown Park, Douglass Park, Frayser Park, Gaisman Park, Gooch Park, Hickory Hill Park, Robert Howze Park, Morris Park, Pierotti Park, Pine Hill Park, Riverview Park, Westwood Park, Charles Powell Park, and Willow Park.

The Lichterman Nature Center is both an arboretum and nature center that features numerous exhibits, events and activities. Meanwhile, the Carlisle S. Page Arboretum has 80 acres of space and has around 800 trees belonging to more than five dozen species. Further you have the Memphis Botanic Garden, where you get 96 acres of gardens, including a children's garden, Anne Heard Stokes Butterfly Garden, Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden, Conifer Collection, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Rose Garden, Sensory Garden, and Memphis Garden Club Water Garden. There are also a variety of events held here, including Mother's Day Jazz Brunch, the Daffodil Dash Race, and the Family Egg Hunt.

Zoos & Aquariums

Visit the Memphis Zoo, which is one of the four zoos in the country that has giant pandas under its care. It also has 500 species representing more than 3,500 animals. It was named the #1 zoo in the country by travel Web site TripAdvisor.com.

Memphis, Zoos & Aquariums

Memphis Zoo has four different sections, featuring close to 20 exhibits. These include:

  • East zone. This is where you find exhibits such as the Teton Trek, the Northwest Passage, World of Waterfowl, Crocodile Cove, Birds and Bees, and the African Veldt. Some of the notable features in the East Zone include the replica of Old Faithful Geyser and the Old Faithful Inn as well as the animals found at the Yellowstone National Park such as grizzly bears, gray wolves, sandhill cranes, and trumpeter swans.
  • Central zone. Features exhibits such as Bonobos, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, China, Primate Canyon, Hippos, and Animals of the Night.
  • West zone. This zone has the Dragon's Lair, Herpetarium, Once Upon A Farm, Round Barn, Penguin Rock, Aquarium, and Tropical Bird House.

Other Points of Interest

Memphis, Other Points of Interest

Music and Elvis are not all you can get in Memphis. You can get some ghosts too. Learn about the city's haunted past as you walk around the city's various sites and landmarks such as Cotton Row, Handy Park, and the Orpheum Theater.

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