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Memphis tends to be one of those cities perfectly content sitting outside the hoopla, barbecue sauce stains on its lips with a cowboy hat hung low. But don’t mistake the causal personality of the city as a sign that it’s a casual kind of vacation spot. When you make a trip to this funky place, you’re in for a world of the unexpected.
Nab your last-minute hotel deals in Memphis, TN and get ready to experience this incredible town for yourself. From ducks and hogs, it takes everything you think you know about Tennessee and offers a few surprises in between.
Ducks in the Lobby: OK, we’re guessing you expected to see bucking horses in the fields or maybe a few unlucky pigs getting a suntan on the spit. But you probably didn’t anticipate watching ducks march through your hotel lobby like the Rose Bowl parade. When you book a hotel in downtown Memphis—the Peabody Hotel, specifically—you can watch a group of ducks waddle to the hotel fountain every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Forest in a Palace: Who is one of the titans of Memphis history? That would be “The King” himself, Elvis Presley. If your kids only know of DJs and YouTube stars, it’s time to introduce them to a legendary musician who changed America. Take a tour of Graceland, his former mansion-turned-museum. The opulence is extreme as could be, and there’s even a room with a full-on jungle theme. From the green carpets to the fake ivy on the walls, you’re meant to feel like you’re in the tropics. Needless to say, it’s a palace built for a person with a flare of flamboyance.
Flip Out: Wait, did you think you were just going to watch the musical performances along Beale Street? Nope. Memphis has other plans for you. Or rather, the famous Beale Street Flippers have a plan for you. These acrobats are skilled at backflips, front flips, handstands, and everything in between. They often ask for volunteers to jump over, so step right up and try to stay still.
Barbecue for You: It’s not a true Memphis trip without a visit to a barbecue joint. Sure, you can find plenty of places for ribs and brisket. But you can also test your taste buds at places like Interstate Barbecue that serves barbecue spaghetti, or Central BBQ that offers a grilled portabella option, so vegetarians can get in on the action.
Memphis is a town that offers you everything from barbecue to entertainment to music, then serves you a few surprises to keep you on your toes. Whether you’re looking for hotels near Beale Street or hotels in Memphis with free parking, we have you covered. You can get a 4-star hotel for a 2-star price with our Hotwire Hot Rates.