Local Getaways/Day Trips » Memphis, TN

Local Getaways/Day Trips in Memphis, TN

Looking for adventure? It’s no further than your front door. Experience the Bluff City like a tourist with these local getaways.
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River Inn of Harbor Town

Relish in the historic charm and intimate feel of the River Inn of Harbor Town. This boutique hotel along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi offers respite in a luxurious setting. From it’s impeccable Southern hospitality to attention to design detail you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped to the refuge of a quaint Southern town. Curl up with a good read or lounge in the library-style seating areas found on each floor or watch the sunset atop the rooftop terrace. Enjoy an exquisite meal at Paulette’s, an intimate and cozy dining establishment, specializing in Continental cuisine. For more casual fare head to Tug’s and enjoy American food in a more pub like atmosphere. 

Rockin’ Running Tours

See the city in a whole new way as you run around town on a customized running tour. See historic sites, visit one of Memphis’ trendiest neighborhoods, learn about the city’s role in the Civil War or hit up a few pubs and sample home brews. This is an interactive way to see the city from a unique perspective. Not only will you learn more about the River City, you’ll also get in your daily fitness and tour perks like a Rockin’ Running Tours t-shirt and keepsake photos from your run. You don’t have to be a professional runner to participate in any of the tours. Runners of all ability levels as well as walkers are welcome. 

Pilgrim House Hostel

Escape to Midtown and enjoy the vibrant Cooper Young district. Book your accommodations at the Pilgrim House Hostel’s dormitory style rooms for only $15 per person. In keeping true to its hostel values each guest is expected to assist with a daily chore. There are common areas to relax and meet other travelers, full bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Pilgrim House also offers free internet access. Take to the eclectic Cooper Young neighborhood on foot and explore the varied shops and restaurants. There’s typically live music offerings at several of the restaurants or grab a seat on one of the patios and enjoy some prime people watching. Want to cover more ground? Rent a recycled bicycle for only $15. 


Take a step back in time to an earlier era as you reside, albeit temporarily, in a historic home located in Memphis’ Victorian Village. Shellcrest offers luxury accommodations and an array of amenities ranging from the more standard to the more uncommon like housekeeping services, private car service and complimentary grocery delivery among others. When you’re ready to emerge from your sumptuous accommodations stroll through Victorian Village and see how the upper echelon of Memphis lived in the 1800’s. For a lesson in history visit the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum. For a taste of the more contemporary in a historic setting patronize Mollie Fontaine Lounge for drinks, gourmet food and live entertainment. 

Orpheum Theatre

Make a cinematic escape from the city at the Orpheum Theatre’s summer series featuring classics, cult favorites and more contemporary hits or travel to Broadway via Memphis as you catch a famous musical production. Either option will transform an evening in the Bluff City into something magical and out of the ordinary. Before the show grab dinner at one of the restaurants on Main Street and then hop on the trolley for a quick tour of downtown before getting off right in front of the Orpheum Theatre. After the show stroll down the river promenade or river walk or continue your tour Downtown from a horse drawn carriage.