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Beale Street

Sitting at the center of Memphis blues music, is Beale Street. However, the street is an important cultural site for the city beyond its musical legacy.

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Memphis Blues
Developed in the early 20th century, the Memphis blues syncopated style was often played on homemade instruments and made famous by names like Frank Stokes and Sleepy John Estes.
FedEx Forum
Home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, the FedEx Forum also serves a multitude of uses when the team is away.
Peabody ducks
For over 90 years, twice a day several ducks march through the Peabody Hotel lobby to visit its' fountain. The Peabody duck march is a Memphis institution.
Memphis Barbecue
Tangier, sweeter, and wetter than other American barbecue styles, Memphis barbecue is a must-try for every traveler.
Malco Theater
Elvis worked at The Malco for some time after getting fired from Loew's State Theatre.
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley came from very humble beginnings and grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll. Born in Tupelo, he moved to Memphis as a teenager, and as his fame grew he purchased Graceland in March 1957, where he finally died at the age of 42.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Memphis with Entrance to National Civil Rights Museum
Jump into the music, flavours, and history of Memphis. On your private walking tour, you will: 

  • Begin your tour at the Mississippi River and learn how green spaces and geography have defined the city. 
  • Pop into The Peabody Hotel to see the iconic Peabody ducks, if the timing is right! 
  • Stroll down Beale Street - an iconic street one of the historic centres of African-American culture for nearly two centuries. 
  • Learn about the heritage of the historic Orpheum Theatre. 
  • Enjoy a small taste of Memphis barbecue at a local stop, recommended by your expert guide. Find out the best places to continue your taste of Memphis after the tour ends. 
  • Visit the National Center for Civil Rights, and enjoy an hour tour by your guide. 
Your tour begins at the heartbeat of Memphis’s origin story: The Mississippi River. Like cities the world over, the history of Memphis is one best understood by knowing the lay of the land, the geography which shaped it. As you walk through the city, your guide will explain how the city’s features have defined and shaped the institutions and culture of Memphis. 

Visit historic Beale Street - where nightclubs, pawnshops, restaurants, and theatres have been playing the blues for over a century. Learn about the street’s history dating back to the mid-19th century, where Black commerce thrived in spite of the odds. Hear tales of Ida B Wells, 'Beale Street Blues', B.B. King, and Dr King. 

Then, enter into the heart of the American story at the National Center for Civil Rights Museum, where your guide will take you on an hour tour. Learn about the legacy of Memphis in the struggle for Civil Rights, and see the Lorraine Motel - now part of the museum - where Dr King was assassinated in 1968. Hear how the centre continues to play a central role in moving forward the push for civil rights nationwide. Should you wish to stay beyond the hour to experience the rest of the museum, please do at your own leisure. 
Private Walking Tour of the Memphis Music Scene
Memphis is one of America's great music cities - famous for blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll influence which originated there. Immerse yourself in the worlds of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. On your private walking tour of Beale Street, you will:
 
  •  Meet your guide at W.C. Handy Park, which commemorates William Christopher Handy a composer and musician who saw himself Father of the Blues and whose music paved the way for America's Rock n’ Roll. 
  • Visit the legendary Peabody Hotel , where history was made with the signing of Elvis' first contract with RCA and where Sam Phillips started his musical journey with the likes of Glen Miller. 
  • See WDIA Radio Station, which has been continuously open since 1947, programmed entirely for African Americans. B.B. King and Rufus Thomas started their work at WDIA and it had a huge impact on Elvis 
  • Stroll     down Beale Street - a must-see attraction during your tour of Memphis as     it's one of the most famous streets in America. Your guide will point out to you the legends hidden in plain sight, including the Domino Lounge, Pee Wee’s Saloon and BB King's nightclub 
  • Lastly, enjoy a drink at a local hot spot of your guide’s choosing, where you can immerse yourself in the truly local music scene of Beale Street.  
On your Private Tour of Beale Street, you'll learn the musical history of Memphis, the stars of the show and their stories. You'll find out who W.C.Handy was and the influence that Sam Phillips had on the journey of rock'n'roll, the blues and the many famous musicians associated with these influential strains that have made Memphis famous for its music. Beale Street is in Downtown Memphis and runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of nearly 2 miles. Your tour finishes with a drink at a local haunt, where your guide will get you a drink (beer, house wine, coffee, or soda) and give you insight into the best place to indulge in Memphis’s music scene. 
Private Walking Tour of Beale Street with entrance to Sun Studio
Memphis is one of America's great music cities - famous for blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll influence which originated there. Immerse yourself in the worlds of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash, and enjoy a visit to the streets they walked and the legendary Sun Studio, where they each recorded albums.  

On your private walking tour of Beale Street, you will:

  •  Meet your guide at W.C. Handy Park, which commemorates William Christopher Handy, a composer and musician who saw himself Father of the Blues and whose music paved the way for America's Rock n’ Roll.
  • Visit the legendary Peabody Hotel, where history was made with the signing of Elvis' first contract with RCA and where Sam Phillips started his musical journey with the likes of Glen Miller.
  • See WDIA Radio Station, which has been continuously open since 1947, programmed entirely for African Americans. B.B. King and Rufus Thomas started their work at WDIA, and it had a huge impact on Elvis
  • Stroll down Beale Street - a must-see attraction during your tour of Memphis as it's one of the most famous streets in America. Your guide will point out to you the legends hidden in plain sight, including the Domino Lounge, Pee Wee’s Saloon and BB King's nightclub
  • Lastly, enjoy an easy walk to Sun Studio, where your guide will part with you, and you'll join a Sun Studio guide for a small group tour.
On your Private Tour of Beale Street and Sun Studios you'll learn the musical history of Memphis, the stars of the show and their stories. You'll find out who W.C. Handy was and the influence that Sam Phillips had on the journey of rock'n'roll, the blues and the many famous musicians associated with these influential strains that have made Memphis famous for its music. Beale Street is in Downtown Memphis and runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of nearly 2 miles. It is just as important in the city's history, as it is in the history of blues music. Your expert local guide will lead you on the guided tour and will buy your tickets for you at Sun Studio. You will enjoy your guided tour of Sun Studio led by an expert Sun Studio guide. Sam Phillips was the  founder of Sun Records and Sun Studio which opened on January 3rd, 1950, where he produced recordings by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis,  Johnny Cash and many others.

Get beyond Graceland and dive into the many stories of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and BB King, artists that put Memphis on the musical map.  Whether you are a music lover or simply a curious traveller, this musical history tour of Memphis is a great place to start.
The Ultimate Elvis Experience with skip-the-line tickets to Graceland
Famous for producing influential strains of blues and rock 'n' roll Memphis played a huge roll in Elvis Presley's success.  A visit to Memphis wouldn't be complete without a day spent chasing down The King - from his childhood stomping ground to a skip-the-line visit to his world-famous Graceland.  This truly is the ultimate tour for every die-hard Elvis fan.

  • Your day begins with a private walking tour of Memphis, retracing his youth in the city, including:
  • Seeing his boyhood home where he grew up.
  • Walk by Malco Theatre, where Elvis had his first job.
  • See the Peabody Hotel, rich in history it's known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” and is where Elvis signed his contract with RCA
  • Wander down Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in the US, and learn about the lengthy list of musicians who called it home. 
  • Enjoy lunch at a local 1950's diner (lunch paid locally by guests)
  • Then, hop in a transfer with your guide to Graceland
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Elvis, with skip-the-line tickets and a VIP Elvis experience of Graceland at your leisure, where you will spend your entire afternoon.
  • Enjoy an easy transfer back to your hotel in Memphis, while your guide gives you the best tips for continuing your Elvis experience over one of his favourite restaurants. 
Did you know that 20 percent of the earliest inductees in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame have come from within a 100-mile radius of Memphis? The influential Blues, soul and rock'n'roll were born in the city of Memphis, rock legend Elvis Presley's home town, known worldwide as the "Home of the Blues & Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll".  During your tour you'll walk the streets that Elvis grew up on and see where he worked before he became a star. The Peabody Hotel, famous for its rich history and charm, is where his road to stardom began as he signed his contract with RCA on November 20th 1955. Beale Street is an important location in the city's music history, and today it's home to blues clubs and restaurants that are major attractions for visitors. After lunch in an authentic 1950's diner your expert guide will arrange for an Uber XL to take you to Graceland where you'll be given skip-the-line tickets to avoid queueing. You've heard the music, and now you get to see the place that Elvis Presley called home including the mansion, private gardens and aircraft. You'll meet up with your guide after the visit and head back to Memphis by Uber XL.

No doubt you'll be buzzing and exhausted after your Elvis, Downtown and Graceland Tour, the only fully comprehensive tour of Elvis's life, a memorable and exceptional experience.
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