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Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

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Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

I would like to check out Memphis for a weekend, see Graceland and Beale street. Do I need to rent a car?

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1. Re: Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

You can catch a free shuttle from downtown to Graceland to Sun Studios, but you must take the Sun Studio tour to use it. If you only plan to see Graceland and nothing else away from downtown and you plan to stay downtown, you'll be fine without a car. But, to access other areas, you'll want your own wheels.

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2. Re: Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

Yes, though as another poster mentioned, there are shuttles to specific points. If you drive yourself around, be very careful as carjackings and other crimes are unusally high here. While driving, keep your distance from other cars even more than you perhaps normally would as drivers here are very unpredictable. Get the optional damage and liability insurance from your rental company!

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3. Re: Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

Rather than starting a new topic, I thought I'd add my own similar question here. I'll be in Memphis this evening and had originally set up a car rental, but realized I would only be using the car once, which would be to get from the east side of Memphis (just east of 240 near exit 15) to Rendezvous and back. I'd imagine I could arrange for a taxi from the hotel downtown to Rendezvous, but my question is whether I will have an easy time finding a taxi back to the hotel?

Sorry if this seems silly, but I live in a city where taxis are plentiful and have often found myself surprised at the absence of taxis in other cities.

Thanks for your help.

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4. Re: Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

Cabs definitely aren't as plentiful in Memphis as in Chicago; I wouldn't want to rely on being able to hail one. Your hotel can probably give you advice about what cab company to call when you're finished in the downtown area.

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5. Re: Do I need a car to get around Memphis??

Also, the Peabody and the DoubleTree are very near the Rendezvous. I always see cabs at the Peabody, near the main entrance (which seems like the back of the hotel to me) -- on 2nd Street.

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