Memphis, TN, USA

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Memphis, TN, USA

Memphis vacation rentals

Memphis—music to your ears

Music is never far away in Memphis. Whether it’s trad jazz on a passing paddle wheeler, delta blues in a downtown bar, or classic 60s soul in a retro diner, there’s no escaping the city’s impressive back catalog. A stroll down atmospheric Beale Street serves as a reminder of all the greats who have lived, recorded, performed, or got their big break in the city, from Elvis to Justin Timberlake. Memphis vacation rentals offer visitors the chance to become immersed in this soulful city’s world-famous musical heritage for a getaway that hits all the right notes.

Many ways of seeing Memphis

Beale Street is one of the world’s must-see cultural landmarks, with decades of popular music history crammed into less than 2 miles of downtown Memphis. The street began life primarily as a trading outlet for merchant ships on the Mississippi River. The construction of the Grand Opera House—now the Orpheum—and Church Park heralded a cultural turn, with blues musicians flocking to the area’s clubs and restaurants. The street was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Guided tours of this storied neighborhood are as diverse as its musical heritage—explore by foot, bike, coach, or even Segway.

Memphis’ million-dollar landmark

No musical pilgrimage to Memphis is complete without a tour of Sun Studio. The original Union Avenue premises where legendary talent-spotter Sam Phillips made seminal recordings of early classics by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—the so-called “million dollar quartet”—went through various incarnations after Phillips moved his operation to larger premises. The studio reopened under different management in 1987 and soon became an attraction in its own right, thanks to its illustrious history. Tours take place throughout the day, with historic memorabilia to view and a chance to buy nostalgic souvenirs before you leave.

The Memphis vacation forecast

Seasons come and go in Memphis as swiftly as hit records. The best season for bargains in Memphis vacation rentals is winter, when temperatures sometimes plummet several degrees within the same day. That’s when Memphis vacation rentals near Beale Street come into their own, as you won’t have to walk far to find a cozy club pounding out hot gospel. Summers regularly sizzle in the 80s, with high humidity and frequent thunderstorms, so pack an umbrella and head for the air-conditioned comfort of a restaurant on the Mississippi River, where cool jazz is served on the rocks.

Wildlife on your Memphis doorstep

A 15-mile drive north from downtown Memphis vacation rentals quickly trades the city dust for the fresh air of Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. The park borders the Mississippi River and also contains 2 lakes. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center offers an overview of the wildlife found in this picturesque corner of Tennessee, while hiking and biking trails deliver up-close views of animals and birds in their natural habitat. Look out for American bald eagles swooping over the oak-covered bluffs, beavers scuttling through the wetlands, and deer hiding in the beech woods.