Lorraine Motel, Memphis: Our most recommended tours and activities

Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Visit the landmarks of Memphis and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories and explanations. Your guide will help you discover the top spots including Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Pyramid, and Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was murdered. Begin your day with a hotel pickup from downtown Memphis. Be seated in a mini coach-bus to meet your guide. Begin the tour passing by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab for your local buys, an institution that sells all things Memphis—from regional arts and crafts to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines, and more. Pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continue to the Memphis Pyramid, which is now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” that resembles an Egyptian pyramid and is filled with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range. From there, stop at the Peabody Memphis, a landmark 13-story downtown hotel, famous for having Ducks march every day on a red carpet throughout the reception. Finally, visit Beale Street, voted as the most iconic street in America by USA Today. See the nearly 2 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Then, take a drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s and alongside cotton row. Discover why this fiber is so important in Memphis' history. If you wish, upgrade your tour to include a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddlewheel boat. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your captain about Memphis and its history. You may also add a tour to Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, where Elvis recorded his first song.

Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

Memphis: Big Mojo Sun Studio + Music History 3-Hour Bus Tour

Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and let the Home of the Blues come alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional Beale Street musicians who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and stories about your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will see Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the early homes of Elvis, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy an exciting introduction to Memphis on an action-packed drive through the city. It's great fun for all ages; let loose and sing along as much or as little as you like.

Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

Memphis: Mojo Music History 90-Minute Bus Tour

Experience how Memphis, The Home of the Blues, comes alive on a city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. Travel with a professional Beale Street musician as your guide who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage as you cruise through the city. Be entertained with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities along the way. Pass by famous landmarks in music history such as Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Studio, The Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash. Receive an exciting introduction to Memphis on this action-packed drive through the city which is great fun for all ages.

Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Get the complete Memphis experience on this bus tour with an introduction to everything that makes Memphis unique. Discover the renowned Beale Street, Victorian Village, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Edge Motor Museum, or take a scenic cruise on the Mississippi River (if options selected) Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments, and Beale Street to discover how it became the 'home of the Blues". If you choose, explore the exhibitions at either the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including I Am A Man Plaza, the Mississippi River, the Orpheum Theater, historic Cotton Row, and Hotel Chisca, where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis for the first time.   At lunchtime, stop into Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbeque food in Memphis.

Memphis: Bluff City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Memphis: Bluff City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Marc Cohn isn’t the only person who’s spotted ghosts while “Walkin’ in Memphis.” Join US Ghost Adventures for a spine-chilling journey through the city’s most haunted hotspots, and gather your own frightful stories to sing about… You’ll meet your guide at the infamous Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. met his untimely end. Snap photos of Room 306 and its haunted balcony, where guests claim to feel overwhelming dread, as if they’ve been transported back to that horrible day in 1968. From there, you’ll wind through six other spooky, haunted locations, unlocking a new piece of Memphis history at each one. Hear the gruesome tale of a boiler incident at the Hotel Pontotoc, investigate reports of a haunted jukebox at Earnestine and Hazels, and try to capture evidence of the Orpheum Theater’s resident spirit: Mary. They say you’ve got a prayer in Memphis… and you’re going to need it. All tours meet at the Lorraine Motel, 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, located next to the Memphis Fire Station #2. Your guide will be wearing a US Ghost Adventures t-shirt and carrying a lantern. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour start time

From Nashville to New Orleans: 6-Day Tennessee Music Trail

From Nashville to New Orleans: 6-Day Tennessee Music Trail

• Day 1: Nashville Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee! Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 10am, where you’ll meet up with your local leader and the other travellers joining you on your journey. Then dive straight into the city’s history with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Then cruise across town to Studio B where Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and “The King” Elvis Presley have all laid tracks, and today you’ll be joining this prestigious list. Meet with a professional sound engineer for your own recording session and find out what it takes to create the Nashville sound. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Get back together in the evening for an optional dinner (at your own expense) with your group and leader at a local restaurant. • Day 2: Memphis Hit the road this morning and make tracks for Memphis, Tennessee, a city overflowing with musical history and legends. Your first stop on arrival will be Sun Studio. This studio may be tiny, but its impact on the world of music is immeasurable. BB King, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley have all recorded here, and the studio claims to be the 'Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll' (and they may just be right!). The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights and sounds of Memphis. • Day 3: Memphis After breakfast this morning, head to Memphis’s most iconic site – Graceland! Elvis’s former home and his final resting place, a visit to Graceland is like stepping back into the 1970s, with a glamourous and kitschy twist. Then it’s time for a change of pace as you leave Graceland and visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel – where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated – for a dose of history that is both confronting and inspirational. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own discoveries. • Day 4: New Orleans Today you’ll be road-tripping from Memphis to New Orleans, arriving in the afternoon. Jazz is not just a part of the city’s history – it’s alive and kicking today. Your local guide will show you some of their favourite venues, with time to grab a beer along the way. The evening is yours to further explore this fascinating city – your leader will have some great recommendations on where to grab a bite to eat and listen to more live music. • Day 5: New Orleans This morning, pay a visit to the Whitney Plantation where you’ll learn about what life was like for those enslaved on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation. Then you’re in for a real treat – not only famed for its music scene, the food in New Orleans is some of the best in the country. Today you’ll learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine at a local cooking school and find out how to create one of the region’s most beloved dishes, then tuck into the finished product for dinner. • Day 6: New Orleans Just like a good song, your adventure must come to an end, with things wrapping up this morning.

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What people are saying about Lorraine Motel, Memphis

Overall rating

4.7
(75 reviews)

We've taken sightseeing tours all over the world and this was far and away the best ever. Our musician guide Andrew was fun and knowlegeable. We learned more about Memphis and its music history than we ever knew or expected to know. Kudos to our driver Michael, too.

Our trip was wonderful. Larry, our tour guy, was extremely knowledgeable and funny. We learned a lot from him and also, we had good laughs. I would recommend that trip to everyone visiting Memphis.

Couldn’t fault the tour. The guide was funny, knowledgable and awesome. I had the best time thank you!

A great day (6 hours+) journey and highly to recommend!

Really good guide. Told great stories. Recommended