Beale Street

This Downtown strip is second only to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street as the most visited street in America. Once the center of African American cultural and commercial activity during segregation, it is anchored at one end by the W.C. Handy House, the shotgun home of the blues giant who wrote “Beale Street Blues” and, at the other, by a statue of Elvis. You can still hear blues on Beale Street, but it’s also now home to a Hard Rock Café, souvenir shops and clubs that only hint at its rich and wild history. By day, you can visit attractions like the Memphis Police Museum and A. Schwab, a store founded in 1876 that’s full of memorabilia. At night, the street fills with neon, noise, street performers, bikers, club-crawlers and visitors. Downtown between Lt. George W. Lee Avenue and Peabody Place, Memphis.

Beale St
Memphis, TN
United States

Map of Beale Street