When people mention Memphis the first thing that comes to mind is her favorite son, Elvis. There is however, a lot more to this gritty river city where history is long and at times tragic. There is the Blues and Memphis barbecue, just to mention a couple of things that are worth learning about.
As you would expect in a city with this kind of past, there are a lot of spirits who have decided that it isn’t time to head to the hereafter yet. Among one of the most popular tours is the Ghost Tour. The tour meets at 2nd and Beale Street and takes you to some of the most haunted places in Memphis including the Orpheum Theater and Deadman’s Alley. The tour meets at 7:30pm on Saturdays Dec-February, 8:30pm June-August. From March through November the tour is also held on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday the same time schedule applies, 8:30 June -August.
The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and costs $15 for adults. $10 for children 7-12.
Elmwood Cemetery Tour
Elmwood Cemetery has been the burial place of choice for many of Memphis’ most famous residents since 1852. To visit Elmwood is to understand the history of Memphis. Tours begin on Saturday at the Cottage at 10:30am and last approximately an hour and a half. The cost is $10 and the docents will introduce you to many of the interesting people who have found their final resting place at Elmwood. If you prefer, for the same $10 you can rent an audio tour of the cemetery and do the tour yourself on any other day. There is also a map that you can purchase for $5.
Elmwood is more than just a historic cemetery, it has three lovely gardens and is an arboretum with over 1500 trees. Ask about docent led and self guided tours available when you visit.
City Tasting Walking Tours
There are several options on this walking tour. You can opt for a taste of the south or strictly BBQ. Either way you will be on a culinary adventure. The Southern Traditions Tour starts at 1:30pm and last 3.5 hours, the Cue Hopping Tour meets at 3pm and lasts 3 hours. These tours take you to a wide variety of eateries which are listed on their website. You will be exposed to not only some of the best food in the south but also to the history and the music. These tours are very popular and sell out early. The BBQ tour takes place on Thursdays and the Taste of the South on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
These are just some of the tours available when you visit Memphis. There are many other tours that provide transportation as well. No matter what you want to visit or learn about when you are in Memphis, you will find a tour that will take you there.