A Tour of Possibilities, Memphis
A Tour of Possibilities, according to Owner
Carolyn Michael-Banks, is the only sight-
seeing tour in Memphis offering regularly
scheduled African-American history tours.
“Our intention is to make the story of
Memphis complete by filling in the gaps
often missed by traditional sightseeing
tours,” she said.
Tours begin by the Mississippi River and
include stops at the National Civil Rights
Museum; Mason Temple, where Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. delivered his famous last
speech, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop; and
Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Customized tours, including a stop for a
meal or a reception, are accommodated.
Backbeat Tours, Memphis
Customized tours, including a meal or
Latest + Greatest
➜ The 454-room Westin Nashville ( www.starwoodhotels.com),
centrally located next to Music City Center and just steps from
the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is scheduled to
open in September with amenities that include a rooftop bar, a
lobby bar/eatery, a 6,000-square-foot spa and 20,000 square
feet of event space.
➜ Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center (http://
hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com) opened in June 2015 with 214 guest
rooms and more than 4,200 square feet of flexible meeting space.
➜ Located near Music City Center, ground has broken on the 262-
room Cambria Suites ( www.choicehotels.
com/cambria). It is slated to open in
➜ The 115-room 21c Museum Hotel
( www.21cmuseumhotels.com) is
projected to open in January 2017
in downtown’s historic 222 Building,
an 1890s-era building listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
➜ A 180-room Kimpton Hotel (www.
kimptonhotels.com) is on track to open
in March 2017 with a restaurant and
bar, 6,500 square feet of meeting and
event space, and a pool.
➜ The 224-room Thompson Nashville ( www.thompsonhotels.
com), projected to open late this fall, will feature a restaurant
and boutique retail space, a rooftop featuring a bar and lounge
seating, and private event space.
➜ The 532-room JW Marriott Nashville ( www.marriott.com) is
scheduled to open downtown in December 2017 with 50,000
square feet of meeting space, two full-service dining options, a
rooftop bar and spa.
➜ A tri-branded 19-story, 455-room Marriott property ( www.marriott.
com), including an AC Hotel, a Residence Inn and a SpringHill
Suites, is expected to open this December.
➜ Virgin Hotels Nashville ( www.virgin.com), scheduled to open in
2018 at One Music Row, will feature 260 guest rooms, 2,000
square feet of meeting space and a recording studio.
➜ A 228-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ( www.ihg.com) is
projected to open in December 2017.
➜ Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center ( www.marriott.
com) recently renovated 483 guest rooms in the Garden
Conservatory area of the resort, as well as several meeting rooms
and a ballroom.
➜ Graceland is on track to open The Guest House at Graceland
( www.graceland.com) this October. The 450-room hotel will have
two restaurants, meeting and special event space, and a 464-seat
theater for live performances, movies and more, among its many
THE GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND
THE GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND