Walking in Memphis (on a budget) can be a little difficult. There are so many lights and so much to do, see and eat. But Memphis, Tennessee is worth a trip to the Midwest. Elvis Presley loved Memphis, and you will too. But if you have limited cash to spend on your trip there, we can help you out with a few, (mostly) free suggestions and cheap places to eat.
First of all, there’s no cost to explore Memphis’ Beale Street, which is a historic, musical street lined with lights. Beale Street was home of the blues in the 20th century and has since retained much of its old-school charm. The Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum is also pretty close to Beale Street—an invigorating place to learn more about the blues roots of Memphis.
If you want to visit Elvis’ Graceland, the meditation garden is open from 7:30-8:30am every day for free. In August, its hours are lengthened because of “Elvis Week.” The King of Rock and Roll awaits you.
If you’re hungry, there are plenty of cheap places to eat in Memphis. Central BBQ has delicious BBQ nachos for only $5.75 (and gives you a generous portion). Brother Juniper’s famous and popular brunch is also cheap and delicious. Mosa Asian Bistro also has a ton of chicken wing flavors that are certainly noteworthy… and $7.00 for 6 of them! Regardless of where you are in Memphis, you will be able to pick up some cheap food.
Check out the Mud Island Riverwalk where you can learn more about the country’s largest river, the Mississippi, for free. This scale model spans five blocks and will tell you everything you need to know about the river. In Overton Square on Tuesday evenings, you can witness some authentic blues music for free on “Bluesday” Tuesday. There are also tons of free parks, the Orpheum Theatre Sidewalk of Stars and some exquisite sunsets that you can see on the Mississippi all for free.
In short, cities can be expensive, but if you plan your vacation right, you don’t need to break the bank! Memphis is an easy city to have a cheap and fun vacation with some great food, drinks, sights and tunes.