Helpful Memphis Vacation Information


Though it is well-known as being the hometown of Elvis Presley, Memphis is, in truth, much more than that. It was here that the blues, rock 'n' roll and soul music first got their start. Having given birth to some of the most important musical styles of all time, Memphis welcomes millions of visitors each year as they swarm into the city to get an insider's look at it's rich history and pay homage to some of the biggest performers of the 20th century.

Memphis City Info:

  • Largest city in Tn
  • Land Area: 294.8 sq. miles
  • City's major parks: Tom Lee Park, Audubon Park, Overton Park & Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Number of radio stations: 7 AM; 18 FM
  • Number of television stations: 13

Memphis Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 39.4° F; July: 82.2° F
  • Average annual rainfall — 54.2 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 5.1 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Memphis:

  • Atlanta, GA — 375 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 708 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 633 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 532 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 454 miles
  • Miami, FL — 1,053 miles
  • Nashville, TN — 213 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 395 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 755 miles
  • Washington, DC — 878 miles

Memphis Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911
  • Police: 911
  • Fire: 911
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital (6019 Walnut Grove Road)
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital For Women (6225 Humphreys Boulevard)
  • Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hosp (6019 Walnut Grove Road 1 West)
  • Delta Medical Center (3000 Getwell Rd)
  • Healthsouth Rehab Hosp North (4100 Austin Peay Highway)
  • Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital (1282 Union Avenue)
  • Lakeside Behavioral Health System (2911 Brunswick Rd)
  • Memphis Mental Health Institute (865 Poplar Ave)
  • Methodist Alliance Extended Care Hosp (225 South Claybrook)
  • Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals (1265 Union Ave)
  • Regional Medical Center At Memphis (877 Jefferson Avenue)
  • Select Specialty Hospital Memphis (5959 Park Avenue)
  • St Francis Hospital (5959 Park Ave)
  • St Jude Children Research Hosp (332 North Lauderdale St)
  • University Of Tennessee Bowld Hospital (951 Court Ave)

Memphis Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Graceland
  • Sun Studios
  • Beale Street
  • The Pyramid
  • Memphis Queen Riverboat
  • Memphis Children's Museum
  • Rock and Soul Museum
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum
  • Libertyland Amusement Park
  • Liberty Bowl
  • Mid-South Fair -- every fall
  • Memphis in May
  • Music Festival

Memphis Major Shopping Areas:

  • Southland Mall
  • SpinStreet Gallery
  • Wolfchase Galleria
  • Oak Court Mall
  • Hickory Ridge Mall
  • Memphis Flea Market
  • Shops of Saddle Creek
  • Laurelwood Shopping Center
  • Bo-Jo's Antique Mall

Memphis Major Dining Areas:

  • East
  • Midtown/Central
  • Cordova
  • Downtown
  • Millington
  • University of Memphis Area

Memphis Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Graceland
  • National Civil Rights Museum -- The Motel Lorraine
  • Sun Studio
  • Mallory-Neely House
  • The Pyramid
  • Beale Street
  • Rock and Soul Museum
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Magevney House
  • Davies Manor Plantation

Memphis Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Kathy Bates (Actress)
  • Dixie Carter (Actress)
  • Morgan Freeman (Actor)
  • George Hamilton (Actor)
  • W.C. Handy (Musician)
  • Isaac Hayes (Actor/Musician)
  • B.B. King (Musician)
  • Elvis Presley (Musician)
  • Cybill Shepherd (Actress)
  • Justin Timberlake (Musician)
  • Harold Ford, Jr. (Politician)
  • John Daly (Golfer)
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest (Civil War General)
  • Richard Halliburton (Author/Explorer)
  • Shelby Foote (Author)
  • Aretha Franklin (Musician)

Notable Moments in Memphis History:

  • 1819 -- Memphis was Founded
  • 1826 -- The city was incorporated
  • 1862 -- Civil War Battle -- Battle of Memphis
  • 1870 -- Yellow Fever Epidemic
  • 1897 -- Tennessee Centennial Exposition
  • 1968 -- Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at Lorraine Motel

Interesting facts about Memphis:

  • The Spanish Explorer Hernando de Soto is believed to have visited the Memphis area long before it was founded and then incorporated.
  • The French built Fort Assumption on Memphis site in 1739.
  • The city was founded by John Overton, James Winchester and President Andrew Jackson.
  • W.C. Handy wrote "Memphis Blues" in Memphis. It was the first written Blues composition.
  • The first Piggly Wiggly store was opened in Memphis. It was the world's first self-service grocery store.
  • Federal Express Corporation was formed in Memphis.
  • Memphis is the Pork Barbecue Capital of the world.
  • Memphis was home to the first Greyhound and Continental Trailways bus lines.
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is based in Memphis.
  • Memphis was home to the first Welcome Wagon which was founded in 1928.
  • Memphis is the hardwood capital of the world.
  • Nearly half of the nation's cotton crop is transported through Memphis' cotton market.
  • Memphis has the world's largest artesian well water system.
  • Memphis is the only city in the nation to win the cleanest city award five times.
  • MGM mascot, Volney the lion (who roared at the beginning of all MGM movies), lived at the Memphis Zoo.

Memphis Population and Demographics:

  • City of Memphis Population -- 650,100 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male -- 307,643 (47.3%)
  • Female -- 342,457 (52.7%)
  • White -- 34.41%
  • Black -- 61.41%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native -- 0.19%
  • Asian -- 1.46%
  • Other race -- 1.45%
  • Two or more races -- 1.04%
  • Hispanic/Latino -- 2.97%
  • 2000 percent population 18 and over -- 72.00%
  • 65 and over -- 10.93%
  • Median age - 31.9%
  • Median household income - $32,285

Memphis Colleges and Universities:

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Le Moyne-Owen College
  • Memphis College of Art
  • Rhodes College
  • Southern College of Optometry
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis Economy & Business -- Notable Companies based in Memphis:

  • Federal Express (FedEx)
  • International Paper
  • AutoZone
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Union Planters Bank

Memphis Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • Amistad Christiana Church
  • La Prensa Latina Hispanic Newspaper
Sun Studio Guided Tour
It was very cool to go to the exact place where some years before, great musicians & singers recorded their songs. The place is lined with pictures & instruments. We had an excellent tour guide & got to see the offices & actual recording studio where the songs were recorded. We were told of the technique of how the records were made, & there were period instruments & sound equipment aroumd the studio, with the places marked where peple stood to perform, such as jerry lee lewis, elvis presley, and johnny cash. The studio is still open to people who want to record there, too. Sun studio was definitely worth the trip!
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-- Teresa Stewart - Lebanon, MO
Elvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Experience
EVen though the upper leVel of the house is not open to the public, the lower leVel & the grounDs are. The house has been restoreD to the conDition it was in 1977. There are couple of rooms (racquetball court) with his suits, golD & platinum recorDs, & eVen the t.V. He gave his parents in 1975. The swimming pool in back of the house is still there with the garDen where elvis, his mother, father, & granDmother are burieD. It was raining lightly & they haD (free to use) umbrella's, conveniently locateD, if neeDeD. Across the street (elvis presley boulevarD......) are a car / tractor /motorcycle museum, uniforms, & suits. There are 2 restaurants, & 11, count 'em, 11 gift shops, with Different elvis memorabilia, post carDs, c.D.'s, pins, shirts & mints. We took the free shuttle to sun studio, which was an amazing experience in itself, everyone was very helpful. I would recommend graceland to anyone who is interested in elvis presley.
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-- Teresa Stewart - Lebanon, MO
National Civil Rights Museum
I was really amused with all of memphis and what it had to offer as far as the museums and the bar-b-que. The jazz the blues. I could just feel the free spirit of the people of memphis that i was exposed to. Everyone was so friendly. The music was the boom. I guess that i was just over whelmed with all of the history, from martin luther king to elvis presley, and loved those grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I loved the concerts by the river. Memphis i will be back......... Thank you
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-- Nancy L. Stevens - Marion, Indiana
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