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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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