day trips from Memphis

7 Of The Best Day Trips From Memphis

While Memphis is a fun destination in and of itself, consider an adventure outside of the city limits. Try these day trips from Memphis for a change of pace and to see a different side of the region.

If you need a break from the busy metropolis then the good news is there’s plenty of half-day, overnight and day trips to discover.

Best Day Trips From Memphis

1. Tupelo

If you’re a fan of Elvis Presley, you might want to check out “The Kings” birthplace. Tupelo is where he was born and spent the first years of his life; you can visit the ramshackle home where he was raised, complete with furnishings from the 1930s.

Grab lunch in downtown where you’ll find many local restaurants. Afterwards, take some time to explore the unique boutiques and art galleries that Tupelo has to offer.

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2. Oxford

Oxford has an interesting history, rich culture, magnificent architecture, wonderful green spaces, and lots of amazing eats. The town dates back to the mid 19th Century and was named after the city of Oxford in the UK.

Be sure to check out the former home of the famous writer William Faulkner (Nobel Prize winner for Literature).

3. Nashville

Nashville is just a three-hour drive east of Memphis and is the largest city in Tennessee. It’s world-famous for being the home of country music. The city is a firm favourite for music and culture lovers.

Outside of the lively music scene, there is plenty else to do; tour the 1853 “Queen of Tennessee Plantations,” and explore the city’s exciting food scene. Hot Chicken is a Nashville original and is a must-try!

4. Helena

From music and shopping to outdoor adventures and Civil War history, there is plenty to do in Helena.

If you’re looking for adventure and love the great outdoors, the city is home to the Quapaw Canoe Company, which offers guided canoe trips down the Mississippi River. Helena is also close to St. Francis National Forest and Mississippi River State Park, both of which offer outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and kayaking.

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5. Cleveland

The beautiful Main Street area has plenty to offer from specialty shopping, art galleries, great dining options to the fascinating Railroad Heritage Museum.

Known for its great pottery,  be sure to stop at Peter’s Pottery and McCartys Pottery if you want to try making your pottery. Explore the Grammy Museum Mississippi, an interactive music experience that is definitely worth a visit.

6. Corinth

The small town of Corinth is well worth a visit, full of dining options, with excellent food, drinks, and live music almost every weekend.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the mile-long walking trail through downtown Corinth. Pass by and visit historical buildings and unique, local sites, like the Coca-Cola Museum and the Verandah-Curlee House.

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7. Tuscumbia

Cross over the state line to Alabama to visit this cute town. One of the oldest European settlements in the area, the city lies on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River.

For music lovers, it’s most visited for hosting the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame provides a platform to showcase the state’s top musicians, while also remembering passed musicians through exhibitions.

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