About Memphis

BealeStreet2Memphis – Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, home to iconic landmarks Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax Museum and world-famous Beale Street.  

The city’s rich history attracts more than 10 million tourists annually to the Bluff City and its surrounding areas. Visitors can explore the earliest history of the region at Chucalissa Museum and Indian Village, delve into the maritime history of the Mississippi River at Mud Island River Park, or learn about Memphis’ pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Memphis is also a great place to live and work. The city is home to a robust community of entrepreneurs, transportation and logistics companies and major global corporations, such as FedEx and International Paper, and it boasts a number of institutions of higher learning, including University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Southwest Tennessee Community College and Memphis College of Art.

Memphis is a robust health care center with facilities such as Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the city is also home to innovative bioscience research, major medical device manufacturers Medtronic and Smith & Nephew, and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Recently noted as one of the most affordable places to live in the country, the Bluff City is home to hip, eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods such as Cooper-Young and Downtown’s South Main Arts district, and Midtown’s Overton Square offers residents everything from restaurants and beauty salons to shopping and yoga classes.

Theater lovers can enjoy shows at Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, Hattiloo Theatre and The Orpheum, which hosts touring Broadway productions. In addition to Beale Street’s famous live music, music lovers can catch national and international acts at the FedEx Forum, as well as more intimate concerts at Minglewood Hall and free family shows at the Levitt Shell, an amphitheater situated in beautiful Overton Park.

memphis orpheum mainSpeaking of family activities, Memphis is home to numerous family-friendly attractions like the award-winning Memphis Zoo; Children’s Museum of Memphis; Brooks Museum of Art; Memphis Botanic Garden; Dixon Gallery and Gardens; and Memphis Riverboats tours. And kids always get a kick out of riding the trolleys and watching the daily march of the world-famous Peabody Ducks.

Foodies will enjoy Memphis’ wide array of eclectic eateries. In addition to more than 100 barbeque joints alone, the city offers authentic Mexican, Japanese, Indian and Thai cuisines, just to name a few.

Sports lovers can enjoy Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis basketball, Triple-A Redbirds baseball, and Memphis Riverkings semi-pro hockey.

The Shelby Farms Greenline highlights the region’s rapidly expanding parks and recreation system, which offers great scenery for walkers, hikers and bikers. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, there's horseback riding at the 3,520-acre Shelby Farms Park, hiking in Shelby Forest, kayaking on the Mississippi River and canoeing on the nearby Ghost River.

Although a thriving, colorful metropolis, Memphis maintains a small-town vibe, with friendly residents who’ll welcome you to the city with open arms.