A vital component of traveling anywhere is the choice of lodging, and the Memphis tourist has many great options. Many hotels are within walking or trolley-ride distance of the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, within the downtown entertainment and convention district, including Hampton Inn & Suites, Marriott, Holiday Inn Select and Doubletree Hotel. More deluxe accommodations with extensive amenities are available at the Madison Hotel, the Peabody Hotel or, just across the street, The Westin Hotel Beale Street.
For the traveler seeking more unique Memphis tourist attractions and lodging, the Talbot Heirs Guesthouse or the Inn at Hunt Phelan are available. These bed and breakfast inns offer top amenities and era-related decor. They offer the opportunity for a Tennessee traveler to really sink into the Memphis experience. The Elvis-inspired Heartbreak Hotel is an eclectic option for any fan of the King.
Memphis Attractions: The Peabody Ducks
One of the many popular Memphis attractions is the Peabody Ducks, who find their home in the Royal Duck Palace on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel. They march twice daily, in the famous Peabody Duck March, and can be found in the lobby fountain. These five North American mallards are a must see for the Memphis tourist and those who choose to stay at the hotel can serve as an Honorary Duckmaster as part of their package.
The restaurants on Beale Street and downtown are considered Memphis tourist attractions in themselves. Blues City Cafe on Beale focuses on southern specialties, like fried catfish, ribs, and homemade tamales. For Cajun food-crawfish, gumbo, or even alligator-go to the King's Palace Cafe.
Barbecue can also be considered one of the Memphis attractions. Barbecue connoisseurs from across America have come to the city to taste the best fare. Locals consider Memphis barbecue to be a religious experience and some of the restaurants that are consistently argued as the best include Interstate BBQ and Restaurant, Central BBQ, Rendezvous Restaurant, Neely's Barbecue, and Corky's. The Pig on Beale is all Memphis with great blues and great barbecue.