Memphis Blues Walking Tour, Memphis

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."
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Memphis Blues Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Memphis Blues Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Memphis (See other walking tours in Memphis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: val
W.C. Handy House Museum

1) W.C. Handy House Museum

Step over the threshold of the W.C. Handy House and find yourself in a place where the "Father of the Blues" wrote his legendary songs "Beale Street Blues" and "Memphis Blues". Capture the melody, which is floating in the air! Although the house has only a small collection of Handy memorabilia, numerous old photos will lead you through the highlights of W.C. Handy's fascinating life. The tour lasts about twenty minutes.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am –...   view more
Old Daisy Theatre

2) Old Daisy Theatre

Located on the infamous Beale Street, the Old Daisy Theater is known as the “#1 tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. Built in 1902, the venue was a major stop on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” from the 1930s to the 1960s. The “Chitlin’ Circuit” was the only safe way for Rhythm and Blues artists to perform in the segregated south. George Benson, Ike and Tina Turner, Duke Ellington, the Jackson Five, Lena Horne, the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett are a few of the...   view more
W.C. Handy Statue

3) W.C. Handy Statue

"Yes, I'd rather be here, than any place I know, it's gonna take the Sergeant, for to make me go," sings W.C. Handy in his song "Beale Street Blues". Though W.C. Handy died long ago, he is memorialized with a bronze statue at the place where he lived and created his memorable music. Honor the "Father of Blues" by visiting W.C. Handy's Statue at the park of the same name located on Beale...   view more
Beale Street Blues Gift Shop

4) Beale Street Blues Gift Shop

Beale Street Blues Gift Shop is the best place for those who enjoy genuine Memphis music. If you are dreaming about a rare collection of Howlin' Wolf's or Willie Nix's early recordings but can't find them anywhere, cheer up! At Beale Street Blues Gift you can find everything your blues-infused soul can dream of! Singles by Rosco Gordon, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Ida Cox, Junior Parker, Memphis Minnie and many other old and new blues musicians await you at the Beale...   view more
Mr. Handy's Blues Hall

5) Mr. Handy's Blues Hall

Blues, blues, blues and more blues! Experience the real thing at the only authentic Juke Joint left on Beale Street. Blues Hall offers live music "8 days a week!" Enjoy local bands playing the Memphis blues during the week and on weekends listen to Mr. Feelgood Potts and his band perform their mix of blues classics and originals! Come to Mr. Handy's Blues Hall and BLUES...   view more
B.B. King's Blues Club

6) B.B. King's Blues Club

Enjoy your lunch, while listening to the Memphis blues! Choose from such Blues Club specialties as Southern Fried Catfish or Broiled Steak. Prepare yourself for the late-night partying, and dance into the early morning hours to some great live Memphis blues! Can all this fun happen in one place? Make no bones about it! The legendary B.B.King's Blues Club can't wait for you to come and enjoy the best dishes they have to offer! Also don't forget about the daily live music show,...   view more
Center for Southern Folklore

7) Center for Southern Folklore

The Center for Southern Folklore is an American non-profit cultural organization with the lofty aim of preserving and promoting the music and rhythms of the South! The Center is a real house of treasures for true blues lovers. Here you can find documentary films on the blues, a huge archive of video and audio recordings of the Memphis blues, contemporary and historic photographs of your beloved bluesmen, as well as films and slides about these musical pioneers. The Center has a gallery where you...   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.
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
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
Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Taking this self-guided tour, you will become familiar not only with Memphis's most beautiful historic architecture, such as the Magevney House and the Mallory-Neely House, but you will also learn how to find your way around the asphalt jungle of downtown Memphis. 100 North Main and the Sterick and Dermon Buildings, the tallest buildings in Memphis, will become your guides as you navigate the city. So come discover the past and don't get lost in the present!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 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
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
Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis

Elvis Presley Walking Tour of 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!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km