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Popular amenities for Memphis vacation rentals

Stay near Memphis's top sights

Graceland260 locals recommend
Beale Street245 locals recommend
Memphis Zoo291 locals recommend
Beale Street Entertainment District113 locals recommend
Shelby Farms Park223 locals recommend
FedExForum134 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Memphis

  • Total rentals

    2.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    136K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    890 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    210 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Memphis

All About Memphis

Located along the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is America’s musical mecca, where enduring ties to blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll linger at every turn. Music lovers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the holy altars of Graceland and Sun Studios, birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. And when it comes to honoring its past, the Tennessee city packs in some great music museums, including Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, and the Blues Hall of Fame. For an immersive way to learn about the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy, the former Lorraine Motel, forever etched in the collective consciousness, is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, featuring displays and exhibitions that span five centuries.

The pulse of the city, Beale Street, hums with activity and entertainment. Live music spills out of the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs and onto the neon-lit roadway. The city is known for its Memphis-style barbeque and is brimming with local eateries and restaurants serving succulent, distinctively smokey, pit-cooked delights. For some downtime, take the short drive to Shelby Farms Park, a lush oasis spanning 4,500 acres of scenic greenery and open space with more than 20 lakes, where you can fish, kayak, paddleboard, and chill out. The park also offers 40 miles of trails for walking, hiking, and cycling.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Memphis

Memphis experiences four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be long and hot, while winters are typically short, cold, and rainy with little snow. The fall and spring months boast pleasant, cool temperatures, a great time for booking your Memphis vacation rental. The city has a packed annual calendar as well. September hosts 30 Days of Opera, a month-long event featuring free opera performances at festivals, parks, and opera houses. In October, the River Arts Fest features hundreds of artworks from regional and national artists displayed along the Mississippi River.

Come spring, some of the area’s most beloved events — a barbeque cooking contest, riverside race, and music festival — span the entire month of May. Summer welcomes many famous musicians to Memphis for live concerts and music fests.

Top things to do in Memphis

Sun Studio

Sun Studio is where musical legends recorded some of their biggest hits. The studio is overflowing with memorabilia from notable artists who pioneered the genre. Guided visits provide insight into the music history embedded in the walls of the studio.

Victorian Village

Along Adam Avenue, a row of Victorian-era mansions dot the street once nicknamed Millionaire Row. Victorian Village is home to six spectacular sites that feature grand mansions with elaborate decorative trim, steeply pitched roofs, and pastel colors. These architectural gems, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offer a glimpse into the lives of wealthy Memphis residents who built these homes and created the city’s first suburb during the mid-to-late 1800s.

National Civil Rights Museum

One block south of historic Beale Street lies the South Main Arts District, where you’ll find the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement through detailed exhibits, multimedia presentations, films, more than 260 artifacts, interactive displays, and oral histories.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Memphis?

    Memphis experiences a humid subtropical climate. Summers (June to August) are hot, with temperatures averaging 90°F (32°C). Winters (December to February) are mild, with average highs of 50°F (10°C). The city receives moderate rainfall year-round, so it's advisable to pack an umbrella.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Memphis?

    Explore the rich musical history of Memphis by visiting Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home. Dive into the city's soulful past with a tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll. Don't miss the National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Memphis?

    Spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) are often recommended times to visit Memphis due to the pleasant weather. During April, the city hosts the Beale Street Music Festival, which attracts music lovers worldwide. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in May is another major event held every year.

  • What are the best places to stay in Memphis?

    Downtown Memphis, known for its vibrant nightlife and landmarks like the Beale Street, is a popular area to stay. Midtown, with its unique eateries and Overton Park, is another favored location. The East Memphis area is also frequently suggested for its upscale shops and restaurants.

  • What are the best places to visit in Memphis?

    Popular places to visit in Memphis include the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and Memphis Zoo. A stroll down the historic Beale Street, known for its blues clubs, is also frequently suggested.

  • What are some hiking trails in Memphis?

    Shelby Farms Park has a variety of trails, like the Chickasaw Trail (2.75 miles / 4.4 km) or the Tour de Wolf (6 miles / 9.6 km). Also, consider the Lucius Burch State Natural Area, which offers the Bluff Trail (3 miles / 4.8 km) along the Mississippi River.

  • What are some family activities to do in Memphis?

    Families can have a fun-filled day at the Memphis Zoo, home to over 3,500 animals. The Pink Palace Museum is often recommended, with its planetarium and interactive exhibits. A visit to the Children's Museum of Memphis will keep the little ones entertained with its hands-on learning experiences.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Memphis?

    For a day trip, consider visiting the historic town of Oxford, Mississippi. It's just 85 miles (137 km) south of Memphis and home to the University of Mississippi. Another option is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, which is about 145 miles (233 km) northeast and offers plenty of outdoor activities.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Memphis?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,450 vacation rentals in Memphis featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Memphis?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Memphis. Choose from more than 890 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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