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Memphis tours and excursions

Memphis tours

Car tours

Elvis fans and Beale Street entertainers Brandon Cunning and Brad Birkedahl tip their hats to The King when they drive tourists around town in a 1955 Chevy Bel Air or a 1959 Ford Skyliner. Their Rockabilly Rides classic car tours focus on Elvis Presley's Memphis or historic places linked to the city's cultural past, cotton industry and civil rights era.

Tel: +1 888 510 1988.
Website: http://www.rockabillyrides.com

Boat tours

A trip on the Mississippi is one of the most relaxing tours available. Memphis Riverboats operates sightseeing cruises in traditional paddle-wheel boats. Tours operate from March to November, departing from 45 South Riverside Drive on the river or from Beale Street Landing.

Tel: +1 901 527 2628.
Website: http://www.memphisriverboats.net

Memphis excursions

Alex Haley House Museum

Tennessee's first state-owned African-American historic site, the childhood home of Alex Haley is located in the town of Henning, approximately 167km (104 miles) from Memphis. The museum, contains memorabilia of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots, which was turned into a television phenomenon in the 1970s and was remade in 2016. Haley's burial site is in the garden. Located in Henning, Tennessee, the museum is accessible by car via Highway 51 north, or by arranging a special tour with one of the local tour operators. It's open year round from Tuesday to Saturday 1000 - 1700 and on Sundays for group bookings only.

Tel: +1 731 738 2240
Website: http://www.alexhaleymuseum.com

Chucalissa Museum

Located on the campus of the University of Memphis, Chucalissa Museum, is an atmospheric reconstruction of a 15th-century Native American village, built on the site of an ancient settlement. The museum features a Shaman's house and exhibits recovered from archaeological digs, such as a water bottle with a rattlesnake motif, cooking pots and dishes. The museum is closed on Mondays. It is best reached via I-55, south of Memphis to exit 7, then right onto Mitchell Road.

Tel: +1 901 785 3160.
Website: http://www.memphis.edu/chucalissa