If you’re looking to truly discover the area you’re traveling in, an insider’s guide is a great go-to resource. From the best barbecue around, to interesting museums & local attractions, there’s so much to discover in Memphis, Tennessee. Whether you’re traveling to or from Jellystone Park™ in Horn Lake, Mississippi, or just want to take a day trip, we have some “must visit” spots for you! Check out our top 5 insider recommendations below and get ready to explore Memphis!

1) BBQ Joints

Memphis is a hot-spot for delicious barbecue restaurants. With such an array of tasty places to choose from, it’s almost impossible to come up with one answer for which one is a must-try. However, if you’re looking for the oldest surviving name in Memphis barbecue, check out Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, a 20 minute drive from Jellystone Park™.

2) National Civil Rights Museum

History buffs, this one’s for you. Housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum features five centuries of history. Take a self-guided tour and view over 260 artifacts – you’re bound to walk away from the museum with a better understanding of the civil rights movement. (20 mins from Jellystone Park™).

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3) Sun Studio

Since Memphis is often referred to as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, Sun Studio (20 mins from Jellystone Park™) is a great place to learn more about this music genre and the start of many big name careers like Elvis and Johnny Cash. On your guided tour, hear stories about the legendary musicians that recorded there, listen to music, and see memorabilia from back in the day.

4) Memphis Zoo

A perfect stop for the whole family, the Memphis Zoo (25 mins from Jellystone Park™) is home to more than 4,500 animals! Navigate the zoo’s 70 acres, and make tons of new animal friends – from fish, primates, and pandas, to tigers, birds, and hippos, you’ll have tons of exploring to do.

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5) Beale Street

One of the more well-known places to visit while in the area is Beale Street (20 mins from Jellystone Park™). If you’re looking for something upbeat to do, Beale Street is for you. Home to many music clubs, live music, and festivals, there’s lots to see and do.


Interested in finding more nearby attractions? Check out some more of our favorites here. It’s time to start planning your vacation to Jellystone Park™ today!