Flights to Memphis
The largest city in Tennessee, Memphis is situated in the far south west of the state. Memphis is a popular tourist destination and is perhaps best known for its association with Elvis Presley and other music legends.
The Memphis International Airport (airport code: MEM) is a particularly busy airport because it is the main hub for FedEx cargo flights. Though it’s the largest city in Tennessee and a very popular tourist destination, there are only a few flights to Memphis coming from Johannesburg. A flight to Memphis with one connection can be arranged with Northwest Airlines, KLM or Delta. The first two both stop in Amsterdam, but Delta connects in Atlanta. For a flight to Memphis with 2 stops, either Virgin Atlantic or British Airways can accommodate. Both carriers connect in London and then New York City.
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The Tourist Attractions in Memphis:
One of the most visited houses in the USA, Graceland is what many visitors think of when planning a trip to Memphis! The former home of the legendary Elvis Presley, visitors get to tour the house and grounds seeing his two planes, cars and motorbike collection, and more.
Visitors who are interested in seeing more of the links between Memphis and Elvis can tour the Sun Studios. This is where Elvis recorded a couple of his songs and also launched the careers of many other rock n roll stars such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Memphis Walk of Fame
Inspired by the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, the Memphis version features only stars directly associated with Memphis people in the music industry. You can see a spot for BB King amongst others.
Memphis is not short on a good museum or two. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the oldest and best art museum in Tennessee, and its collection that includes Renaissance and French Impressionists may surprise some visitors.
The Pink Palace Museum is another worth visiting. A whole host of subjects are covered here with a focus on the Mid-South, plus there’s the third largest planetarium in the States and an IMAX theatre. A quirky attraction is the world’s first supermarket, the Piggly Wiggly store which was established by Memphian Clarence Saunders in 1916.
Victorian Village is a historic district of Memphis and has a number of Victorian houses and mansions. Some of these are open to the public so you can see period furnishings and decorations.
Also the National Civil Rights Museum is an interesting visit. This is situated within the former Lorraine Motel which is where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. As well as being the site where King was murdered the museum tells the story of the American civil rights movement from the first landings in 1619 right up to 1968.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are hot and humid in Memphis, a condition that some visitors will find a little uncomfortable. Evenings don’t give much respite from the heat and humidity, with average high temperatures in July of 33C (92F), and average lows of 23C (73F). Autumn is milder and less humid, but summers last a long time in Memphis and hence hot temperatures are not unexpected through to late October. In later autumn the temperatures drop a little more and rain falls, whereas in winter the temperatures are quite cold in comparison to mid summer.