Solo Female Travel in Memphis

Located along the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is a diverse and entertaining city, known primarily for its rich music culture. It is renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of the Blues’ and the ‘Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll’, where legendary musicians like Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash began their illustrious careers. In addition to its vibrant music scene, Memphis boasts historical attractions like the National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It is also famed for its authentic Southern cuisine, particularly its delicious barbecued ribs. This city has a great mix of history, food, and music to offer its visitors.

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Is Memphis good for solo travel?



Memphis, as any big city, has areas that are safe and less safe. Generally, areas like Downtown, Midtown, East Memphis, and the Cooper-Young District are safe and tourists frequently visit without incidents. There is a visible law enforcement presence especially in tourist areas. However, like in all large cities, it is advised to maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times and take basic precautionary measures, such as avoiding less populated or poorly lit areas late at night, and not displaying expensive possessions openly.


Memphis offers a variety of public and private transportation options, including buses, trolleys, taxis, and rideshare services, making it quite convenient. However, certain areas may require you to have a car due to infrequent or nonexistent public transport. The city is fairly pedestrian-friendly especially around the downtown area and landmarks.
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Things to do:Interesting

Memphis provides an enriching travel experience with a strong connection to history and music. It's the home of Sun Studio where Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash started their careers, and Stax Museum, preserving the legacy of soul music. The food scene, especially BBQ, is hard to resist and distinct neighborhoods like Cooper-Young offer a variety of local shops and restaurants. Don't miss the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the former Lorraine Motel, for a poignant journey into the past. Riverside parks provide relaxing spaces for leisurely strolls. However, some areas can require caution, particularly at night.

Food:Above average

Memphis boasts a culinary scene that's rich, diverse, and deeply rooted in the Southern tradition. The city is notably known for its barbecue, offering everything from ribs to pulled pork. In addition to barbecue, the city caters to an array of taste buds, from soul food to vegan dining options. The diversity is reflected in its mix of high-end restaurants, food trucks, and diners. However, if you don't fancy Southern or BBQ cuisine, the city may be a bit limiting.


Memphis can be moderately budget-friendly - the cost of accommodations and dining varies, with options to suit various budgets. Many attractions like the Civil Rights Museum, Elvis Presley's Graceland, or Mud Island River Park have entry fees, but there are also plenty of free attractions such as the iconic Beale Street, Stax Museum, Sun Studio tour, or riverfront parks that save the day. However, flights and transportation costs can add up, depending on your location and how much you're planning on moving around the city.

Is Memphis worth visiting?

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Memphis was by far my favorite place I went to on my road trip, but I am also a major Elvis fan. I would definitely say that it’s worth it to spend tickets on Sun Studio. I got to hold a microphone that Elvis and Johnny Cash and others touched! As for Graceland, if you want to spend the money, go for it. However, if you don’t want to spend money, you can walk in for free from 7:30-8:30 in the morning. I parked in the little area by the wall of all the signatures and there was no problem with ticketing. For free, you can see Elvis’ tombstone and those of his family as well. You can also get a pretty good view of the house! Besides that, I went to the Arcade restaurant that Elvis would frequent and later got coffee at the same place. I had great experiences with the food and the coffee. If you’re an Elvis fan, though, look out for the past booth on the left. It’s the Elvis booth. I sadly missed that opportunity. I also walked along Beale Street both in the day and night and it was amazing. B.B. King’s restaurant had amazing music and was worth the price to get in!

Posted: May 26, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Great city to do a solo trip in. *felt safe *lots of food options, everything is decently priced. There’s something for everyone *I spent about 700 for a weekend visit *stayed at the Peabody hotel *

Posted: December 14, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Graceland is a must-see spot in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum is also worth noting. Public transportation is not the best. On the other hand, the zoo is good, and Beale St is a place you absolutely must visit.

Posted: May 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Memphis safe for women?



I think it can be okay, if you keep your wits about you and stay in the safe / more populated areas. Tourist heavy areas like Beale and Main Street will be fine at night. Midtown is also good. But make sure to get a car since we essentially don’t have public transportation and make sure you don’t leave your valuables in your car. And do not honk at other drivers. I haven’t had any issues living in Memphis yet, but I am also very cognitive of where I am and where I am going.

Posted: May 31, 2024
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