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Memphis Sightseeing

Sightseeing Cruises Aboard the Memphis Riverboats

Bus and Carriage ToursHorse-drawn carriage tours of the city are available through Carriage Tours of Memphis, 393 N. Main St., (901) 527-7542.

Walking Tours There are several sightseeing areas in Memphis, including Victorian Village, Beale Street and Elmwood Cemetery. Victorian Village is a collection of 19th-century buildings centering on the 600 block of Adams Avenue. Of the nine churches nearby, the oldest is Calvary Episcopal Church, which dates from 1832. Brochures describing a self-guiding walking tour through Victorian Village are available at the Woodruff-Fontaine House.

Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues, now features restaurants, shops and music clubs in a three-block entertainment district.

Docent-led walking tours of Elmwood Cemetery are available by appointment; phone (901) 774-3212.

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Memphis, TN

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Travel Information

City Population

646,889

Elevation

337 ft.

Sales Tax

State sales tax is 7 percent; occupancy tax is 6 percent; and Memphis sales tax is 2.25 percent, for a combined lodging tax of 15.25 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(901) 545-2677

Time and Temperature

(901) 526-5261

Hospitals

Baptist Memorial Hospital, (901) 226-5000; Delta Medical Center, (877) 627-4395; Methodist North Hospital, (901) 516-5200; Methodist South Hospital, (901) 516-3700; Regional Medical Center at Memphis, (901) 545-7100; Saint Francis Hospital, (901) 765-1000.

Visitor Information

3205 Elvis Presley Blvd. Memphis, TN 38116. Phone:(901)543-5300 or (888)633-9099

Air Travel

Domestic and foreign airlines serve

Rental Cars

Discounts are offered to AAA members by Hertz, (901) 345-5680 or (800) 654-3131.

Rail Service

Amtrak offers passenger service from Central Station, 545 S. Main St.; phone (901) 526-0052 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound bus station is at 3033 Airways Blvd.; phone (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

The major company is Yellow Cab, (901) 577-7777. Fares are metered, with the basic rate $3.80 for the first mile, then $1.80 for each additional mile. One dollar is added for each additional passenger. A $3 surcharge is added to fares originating from the airport.

Public Transportation

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) buses operate Mon.-Fri. 4:30 a.m.-11:15 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. and holidays 8-5. Base fare is $1.75, with increases for zones outside city limits; a day pass can be purchased for $3.50, and covers unlimited bus rides. Ages 65+, students and the physically impaired pay reduced rates with a special MATA ID card. Park 'n' Ride service is available at multiple locations within the city. Not all routes operate nights and Sundays.

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