Destination guide

Music heritage near Memphis vacation home rentals

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.

History

Historic sites near Memphis vacation rentals

Along with the music heritage, Memphis boasts plenty of other historic attractions to explore on your trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Graceland, Elvis Presley’s famed estate with mansion tours, exhibits, and a car museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum, the historic site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, with exhibits on racial equality. The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, a historic home that was once part of the Underground Railroad and features tunnels, trap doors, and artifacts, is another must-see.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Memphis vacation rentals

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.

Activities

What to do near Memphis vacation homes

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.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Memphis vacation homes

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Memphis

Fly into Memphis, TN (MEM-Memphis Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Tunica, MS (UTM-Tunica Municipal), which is 36.2 mi (58.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Memphis Central Station.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Memphis vacation homes

Memphis is an ideal destination for families with kids. Vacation rentals can be found near attractions like the Children’s Museum of Memphis, a museum with interactive displays and rotating exhibits for learning opportunities, and Shelby Farms Park, a vast park with biking and horse trails, waterways for fishing and boating, and playgrounds. You can also visit Memphis Zoo, a zoological park with land and marine life displayed in naturalistic habitats.

Where to stay around Memphis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 348 vacation rentals near Memphis. From 155 Houses to 115 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Memphis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Memphis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Memphis:

  • Downtown: 49 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 243 vacation rentals
  • East Memphis: 66 vacation rentals
  • North Memphis: 88 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Town: 28 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Memphis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Memphis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Beale Street: 326 vacation rentals
  • Graceland: 327 vacation rentals
  • Theatre Memphis: 332 vacation rentals
  • Mississippi River Park: 325 vacation rentals
  • Memphis Zoo: 330 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Memphis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Memphis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 155 Houses in Memphis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Memphis include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 115 rentals available
  • Cabins: 14 rentals available
  • Cottages: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Memphis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 54 vacation rentals with pool available in Memphis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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