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Memphis Bridge

Stretching over the Mississippi, Memphis’s most iconic bridge is a historic landmark that serves as the gateway to the Birthplace of the Blues.

Spanning the Mississippi River, the Hernando de Soto Bridge links Tennessee to Arkansas. It is not merely a route into Memphis though, it is also one of the city’s most popular features.

Enjoy views of this Memphis icon by visiting nearby Mud Island Park. Pack a picnic and sit along the Mississippi or go biking or walking down the paved pathways. The park also provides pedal boats and rafts for rent so you can explore the Hernando de Soto Bridge up close. If you’d prefer to stay on land, you can catch a waterfront concert at the Mud Island Amphitheater or stroll along the Riverwalk. Stay after dark and enjoy the sight of the bridge illuminated by hundreds of tiny lights. 

The Hernando de Soto Bridge was completed in 1973 and is named in honor of the Spanish explorer who traveled through the region in the 16th-century. It is believed his body was buried in the Mississippi.

Thanks to its double arches, the bridge is often referred to as the “Big M." The Hernando de Soto Bridge is even featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "largest free standing letter of the alphabet." It brings Interstate 40 across the Mississippi.

While you are here, take a look at another iconic bridge known as the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge or simply the “Old Bridge.” It has been a city landmark since 1949 and delivers Interstate 55 into the heart of Memphis. Its historic structure is best viewed from Tom Lee Park, which sits along the banks of the Mississippi. To admire the view of both brideges in a luxurious setting, book a day cruise on a Memphis Riverboat.

Use the Hernando de Soto Bridge as your gateway to this dynamic city. After admiring the historic landmark, explore the southern city at your own pace. Experience the historic atmosphere on Beale Street or stroll through the halls of Graceland, the home of The King. Whether you’re coming or going from Memphis, the “Big M” will guide you over the Mississippi towards your destination. 


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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street

    175 Peabody Pl, Memphis, TN
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Handy Park, Beale Street and FedEx Forum. Orpheum Theatre and Beale Street Landing are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 17 minutes by foot.

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      Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel

      250 N Main St, Memphis, TN
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fire Museum of Memphis, Orpheum Theatre and Beale Street. FedEx Forum and National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel are also within 2 mi (3 km). Memphis Central Station is 28 minutes by foot.

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        Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown

        22 N B.B. King Blvd, Memphis, TN
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Court Square and Beale Street. FedEx Forum and Memphis Cook Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 24 minutes by foot.

          Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown AU$169
          Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

          Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown

          100 N Front St, Memphis, TN
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is steps away from Mud Island River Park and Fire Museum of Memphis. Cannon Center for Performing Arts and Orpheum Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 24 minutes by foot.

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            Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown TN

            Hilton Garden Inn Memphis Downtown TN

            201 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AutoZone Park, FedEx Forum and Beale Street. Orpheum Theatre and Beale Street Landing are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

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              The River City Flats

              The River City Flats

              99 North Main Street, Memphis, TN
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Memphis, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fire Museum of Memphis and Memphis Cook Convention Center. Beale Street and Orpheum Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 25 minutes by foot.

                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Memphis AU$185
                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Memphis

                Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Memphis

                75 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Memphis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Court Square and Memphis Cook Convention Center. Beale Street and FedEx Forum are also within 15 minutes. Memphis Central Station is 22 minutes by foot.