During your guided tour of Memphis discover the divergent cultures that make Memphis unique, those same cultures that, when blended together, have produced some of the significant music of the twentieth century.
Located along the Mississippi River, Downtown Memphis is the oldest part of the city with the majority of Memphis’ office, retail, entertainment and dinning spaces. Notable attractions include the Mississippi Riverfront, Cotton Row, the National Civil Rights Museum and The Peabody Hotel.
The second longest river in the United States and the largest by volume, the Mississippi River acts as the western border of Memphis. Running adjacent to Riverside Drive in Downtown Memphis, the river is an attraction and a thoroughfare for commerce and transportation. Watch as barges carrying such goods as grain, rubber, paper, wood, coffee, coal and other products travel up and down the Mississippi River, or admire the miles of public land along the Memphis’ banks of the Mississippi.
Located on Front Street in Downtown Memphis, along the docks of the Mississippi River is Cotton Row, a designated historic district. Once the hub of the South’s cotton industry, most of America’s cotton was once shipped through the docks two blocks away. Delight in warehouses and old storefronts as you make your way down Cotton Row, many of which have been renovated since the early 20th century.
National Civil Rights Museum
Chronicling the Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to 2000, the National Civil Rights Museum allows guests to journey through time and experience firsthand what it was like for the brave men and women who fought for freedom and equality. A complex of museums and historic buildings built around the former Lorraine Motel, the National Civil Rights Museum was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot in April of 1968.
A legendary and luxurious hotel in the heart of Memphis, The Peabody Hotel is one of Memphis’ most popular attractions known for the Peabody Ducks that live on the hotel rooftop and make daily treks through the lobby. Delight in Peabody Ducks as they march to and from the Grand Lobby in the Peabody, in a time-honored tradition that dates back to 1933.