Conference Venue

Renasant Convention Center

Hotel and Travel

PIANC USA will block a limited number of rooms at area hotels for your convenience. Conference rates will be available for those who have registered for the conference prior to the hotel reservation deadline of 30 June 2025, or until all rooms in the block have been booked – whichever comes first. Hotel options will be provided to accommodate a range of hotel rates and proximity to conference. Check back soon for details! 

Explore Memphis

Memphis is the home of Smart Rivers 2025 because of its unique position in the Mississippi River watershed and because of its robust culture and countless amenities for visitors. From exploring the “birthplace of rock’n’roll” through tours of Graceland and local music studios to glimpsing into our nation’s history at the National Civil Rights Museum – and capping it all off with some Memphis-style barbeque – this city offers something for everyone.


The famed estate of Elvis Presley, Graceland is so much more than a museum. Visitors can learn about Elvis’ life and career, tour his airplane collection, and step inside his private life with an interactive tour of the Graceland Mansion.

National Civil Rights Museum™

One of the nation’s premier museums, its interactive exhibits and historic collections support its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how it continues to impact our lives today.

Sun Studio

Known as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll,” a look inside Sun Studio offers a look into the lives of Blues and Rock’n’roll legends such as Elvis, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.

Beale Street

A trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without a walk down Beale Street, “America’s most iconic street.” Tour Beale Street’s brass notes and don’t miss its fine foods, good drinks, live music, and plenty of shopping.

Photo of the bass pro shop pyramid
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

More than just a gear store, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid has something for everyone: bowling, archery range, indoor swamp, alligators – and more -all this within an architectural marvel that features a 360-degree skywalk.

Photo of a riverside path in Tom Lee Park in Memphis
Tom Lee Park

Located just west of downtown Memphis, Tom Lee Park offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and offers a multitude of attractions such as a sunset canopy, fitness zones, and various options for food and drink.

Mud Island Park

Mud Island Park sits in the heart of the Mississippi River, a short walk from downtown Memphis. The peninsula features the 50-ft “MEMPHIS” sign, a scale model of the Lower Mississippi, and an 18-gallery river museum.

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