All About Memphis

Memphis is a one of a kind destination that delivers a truly authentic experience. It's where many musical genres converge to create that extraordinary Memphis sound; and where family fun meets urban energy. It's these unexpected combinations that make the Memphis experience so unique and why, no matter how many times you visit, you'll always discover a new beat.

Nowhere on earth can you find our one-of-a-kind attractions built around the music that flows from very street corner. Our culinary options serves up everything from world famous barbecue plus a smorgasbord of flavors from eclectic neighborhoods. The soul of the city is forged with the current of the Mighty Mississippi River. From attractions to dining to outdoor adventures, the magic of Memphis is in the mix.

Not only do we get it, but the world does too. Many of our attractions were voted number one in USA Today’s 10 Best lists including Graceland, National Civil Museum, Memphis Zoo, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul. Money Magazine named Memphis #3 Most Affordable Destination and Fodor’s listed the city as the #6 destination on their 2018 ‘Go List’.

Restaurants

Eating in Memphis is an experience for the soul, not just the stomach. Our specialty may be barbecue (Memphis is home to more than 100 barbecue restaurants) but make no bones about it dining out doesn’t stop there. There’s Southern-style soul food, fine dining, authentic international cuisines, mouth-watering burger joints, award-winning chefs, breweries, distilleries, bars and local eateries serving everything from American classics to eclectic dishes. 

Transportation

To Memphis
Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Amtrak deliver countless visitors here annually, and with I-55 and I-40 blazing through, visitors also could consider a road trip.

For those planning to fly, 10 airlines serve MEM, providing nearly 90 daily flights to and from 36 nonstop destinations. Upon arrival, airport transportation options include rental cars (levels 1 and 2 of the  economy parking facility), limos, public buses (the bus stop is located in front of Terminal C on the baggage claim level), taxicabs and ride share service. An taxi from MEM to downtown is around $23-25 one way.   

Around Memphis
Once you arrive, you can easily get around downtown on the recently restored vintage trolleys along the Main Street Shuttle line. Trolley fare starts at $1.

See the sights on the Memphis Hop, a unique bus tour that allows riders to hop on and off at a variety of attractions, restaurants, museums and downtown hotels. If you feel like being active you’ll love Big River Crossing, the rails-to-trails renovation of the 1916 Harahan Bridge, which you can walk or bike across the Mississippi River from Memphis to Arkansas. Or cruise down the river itself on a paddlewheeler for a sightseeing or dinner cruise by Memphis Riverboats.

Climate

Memphis sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and experiences four distinct seasons, ranging from sun-soaked summer months to crisp winters without much snow. Summers can be humid, as warm, wet air comes up from the Gulf of Mexico with mild Winters that sometimes dip below freezing.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Memphis, Tennessee. The July high is around 91 degrees. The January low is 31. Sperling's comfort index for Memphis is a 64 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54.