Memphis: A guide to vacation rentals
Music, barbecue, and the Mississippi make Memphis one of the country’s most exciting cities to visit. A vacation rental is the best way to explore all that the city has to offer.
Kasa's vacation rentals in Memphis
With vacation rentals in the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Kasa offers comfortable and convenient accommodations no matter what brings you to Memphis or where you need to go.
- Full kitchen
This Memphis property is just a block from Wolf River Harbor and is surrounded by a number of restaurants and attractions in the Home of the Blues.See availability
After booking one of our vacation rentals in Memphis, here's everything you need to know for your trip.
Tennessee’s second-largest city, Memphis is located along the Mississippi River in the southwestern corner of the state at the Arkansas and Mississippi borders. The city’s largest employer is FedEx, which has its global air hub at Memphis International Airport (making it the most bustling cargo airport in the world). Thanks to its location along the Mississippi River, Memphis also has the fifth-largest inland port in the U.S., bringing in and sending out shipments from around the world that are moved onto trucks and trains that cross the continent.
But the city is most famous for its music scene, which began with Memphis blues in the early 1900s and later included country, rock, soul, hip-hop, and more. Another huge draw: Memphis-style barbecue, with its distinctive spice-filled dry rub, usually on pork.
Before European colonization, the area that now encompasses Memphis had been inhabited for hundreds of years by the Mississippian Culture, which built extraordinary, ceremonial earthwork mounds along the river. When Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first arrived in present-day Memphis in the 16th century, the Chickasaw, the likely descendants of the Mississippian Culture, inhabited the area. The city was officially founded in 1819 by three Americans, who included Andrew Jackson, the future president. And in the antebellum era, the city became a major agricultural center and a hub of the slave trade.
After the Civil War ended, the city became a huge market for cotton and lumber. It also became a critical site of the Civil Rights movement after decades of racial violence in the city. Tragically, it was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
The city has been home to an incredible number of beloved musicians, past and present, including Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Justin Timberlake. In addition to barbecue, Memphis has a thriving culinary scene, and its attractions are some of the most exciting in the region. There are great short-term rental options near it all.