Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis, Memphis

Memphis is the city of Elvis Presley, and serves as a shrine of sorts to the King. Even though Presley died in 1977, his fans continue to flock to Memphis to pay their respects to the man and his music. This tour takes you to view the school and house of Elvis Presley, as well as the legendary Sun Studio where Elvis recorded. Dress at the same shop as Elvis did! Check out the Gibson Guitars that Elvis used to play! Take this tour and follow in the footsteps of Elvis!
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Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis Map

Guide Name: Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis
Guide Location: USA » Memphis (See other walking tours in Memphis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Author: val
Humes Middle School

1) Humes Middle School

It may sound amazing in this day and age, but Elvis was the first in his family to finish high school! Elvis attended Humes High School (now Humes Middle School) from 1948 until 1953, the year of his graduation. It was at this school that Elvis experienced his first taste of success when he gave an onstage performance as part of his school's talent show. Look at this stage. More than half a century ago, young Elvis was singing and playing the guitar here. And do you think the future King of...   view more
Lauderdale Courts

2) Lauderdale Courts

The year was 1948. Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis from Tupelo. The Presley's didn't have much money, so they had to live in a series of boarding houses and apartments. This apartment in Lauderdale Courts was the third home for the family for which they paid $35.00 per month in rent. Elvis lived in Lauderdale Courts until 1952, when his parents' income increased, and the family moved to a better residence. Today, Lauderdale Courts apartments are available to rent to anyone....   view more
Poplar Tunes

3) Poplar Tunes

Poplar Tunes was a record store near Lauderdale Courts. As a teenager, Elvis used to spend lots of time in the store, absorbed with his dream of making it big in the music industry. Many years later, at the height of his fame, Elvis stopped in at Poplar Tunes to inquire about how well his records were selling. The store closed in September...   view more
Tennessee State Welcome Center

4) Tennessee State Welcome Center

Don't miss the opportunity to approach the shores of the great Mississippi River and view the statue of Elvis Presley at the Tennessee State Welcome Center! The welcome center was opened a few years ago and became the second home of the large bronze statue of Elvis. The original location of the statue was Beale Street in Memphis. Visit the Tennessee State Welcome Center to see the King forever young, standing in all his...   view more
Lansky at the Peabody

5) Lansky at the Peabody

Elvis called him "Mr. Lansky," faithful customers call him "Mr. B.", and the world knows him as "Clothier to the Stars". Bernard Lansky's store, located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, is legendary. Elvis collaborated with Mr Lansky throughout the course of his career. When he first bought a shirt from Lansky it the 1950s, it cost just $3.95. As Elvis became more famous, Lansky was named his PR man all over the world. Frank Sinatra, Carl Perkins,...   view more
Memphis Music Records Tapes

6) Memphis Music Records Tapes

Located on Beale Street, in the very center of shopping life, Memphis Music Records Tapes can impress even the most experienced shoppers! The store has a unique collection of vintage recordings of Memphis music! So, all you blues lovers, gospel admirers, rock n’ roll fans and jazz devotees, Memphis Music Records Tapes is waiting for you to come and assuage your music...   view more
Gibson Guitar Retail Shop & Factory

7) Gibson Guitar Retail Shop & Factory

It may be hard to count how many guitars Elvis Presley had, but it is possible to name some of them. The 1950 Gibson J 200 helped Elvis get his start and was seen in the films "Loving You" and "King Creole". The 1963 Gibson Super 400 CES is best remembered for its participation in the 1968 NBC TV Comeback Special and was used for the recording of the album "The Guitar that Changed the World". Want to buy your own Gibson guitar? Then visit the Gibson Guitar Retail...   view more
Sun Studio

8) Sun Studio (must see)

No trip to Memphis would be complete without a stop at the famous Sun Studio. The original name of the studio was the Memphis Recording Service. The studio was opened by Sam Phillips in 1950 and was located in the same building as the Sun Records record label. Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, and B.B. King are just a few of the great artists who either recorded at the studio or were signed at the label.

The studio was nicknamed the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll”...   view more

Walking Tours in Memphis, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Memphis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Night Club Tour of Memphis

Night Club Tour of Memphis

Let this night be the one you'll never forget! Warm up with a salsa at the Rumba Room. Get into a heated discussion about what you think is the best beer in the world at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Visit Alfred's, the best dance club on Beale Street! Feel the spirit of the South at the Hard Rock Cafe! Life is too short to sleep! Take this night club walking tour to feel "the music of the night" in amazing Memphis!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

One of the most iconic destinations in the U.S., the city of Memphis has gone down in history for many different reasons. Thousands of tourists flock to the city each year out of desire to visit Sun Studio where Elvis made his early recordings, or to take a stroll down the Beale, or to stop by the National Civil Rights Museum and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To find your way around these and other major attractions of Memphis, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Memphis, located on the Mississippi River, is the oldest part of the city. Start your self-guided tour at the Fire Museum of Memphis, then head to the Peabody Hotel to see the "Peabody Ducks." Visit a classic movie palace, then honor a U.S. civil hero and view the Memphis skyline from Tom Lee Park on this tour of Memphis' downtown highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Religious Walking Tour of Memphis

Religious Walking Tour of Memphis

The churches of Memphis have seen much hardship, from slavery to racism to yellow fever epidemics, yet they have withstood these trials, as have the American people. On this tour, you will see the oldest church in Memphis, the First United Methodist Church. You will find out why St.Mary's is associated with Martin Luther King's death and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Visit Beale Street, the cradle of Memphis blues. Find out about the first jug bands at the Old Daisy Theatre. See the famous washtub bass! Learn about the musical instruments, such as the kazoo and guimbarde! Check out W.C. Handy's statue. Enjoy the famous "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," and other hits of B.B. King at his blues club. Take this tour and empathize with record producer Sam Phillips, who called the Memphis blues "the type of music I'm looking for."

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Museums and Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Museums and Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Do you want to know about a woman who defeated a brain tumor? Do you want to find out more about the American Civil Rights Movement? Are you absolutely sure that fire isn't worth playing with? What do you know exactly about America's greatest river? Are you really an expert on Jewish and Native American art? If you want answers to these and other questions, take this self-guided tour of Memphis's best museums and art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km