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Why is Memphis a great vacation destination? Because it delivers twice the R&R: built on rock and roll, visitors can also find plenty of chances to unwind and indulge in a little rest and relaxation. Trace the path of American music in Memphis, exploring Beale Street, where the first Blues song was written and where, today, you can still immerse yourself in the music scene. Then follow the crowds to Graceland, former home to the original hip shaker himself, Elvis. After the White House, Graceland is the most visited residence in the U.S., and a tour offers the chance to see the music room, trophy building, and other parts of the 14-acre estate. Take a break from the music to explore Memphis' art scene. The South Main Historic Arts District is packed with art galleries, restaurants, open markets, and shops. Discover what makes Memphis unique on a riverboat cruise, a tour of the nearby Jack Daniel Distillery, or even with a visit to a voodoo shop. And don't miss the chance to see the march of the Peabody Hotel ducks as they make their way to and from the lobby fountain each day. Get outside on one of Memphis' many miles of walking or biking trails, at the Memphis Botanic Garden, or at the Mud Island River Park, where visitors can learn about the Mississippi River on shore or take a canoe out on the Wolf River Harbor. Getting to Memphis is easy from points around the U.S. and beyond. American, AirTran, Continental, Delta, and United are among the airlines with flights to Memphis.

When To Go

Memphis is a lively destination, with mild temperatures and hot festivals throughout much of the year. The spring hosts some of the most popular events of the year, including the Memphis-In-May festivities, and is considered a favorite time to go. Summers can be warm, with fewer visitors in July and August, except for Elvis Week celebrations. The fall can also be a busy time for festivals and the weather is often pleasant. Things slow down in the winter, especially after the holidays.

high season: March to June, September to mid--November
low season: mid-November to February
shoulder season: July to August

Weather Information

Memphis experiences four seasons. Spring brings moderate temperatures that fall in the mid-70s. Summers can get pretty hot, with temperatures rising into the mid-90s in August. The fall sees mild weather, with October temperatures hovering in the mid-70s. Winters can be cooler, with temperatures dropping into the 40s.

Crowd Information

The spring and fall are the busiest times to visit due to the most ideal weather and a variety of festivals, such as the Mid-South Fair in September and October. The largest crowds come for the Memphis-In-May festivities, which include the Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony; August's Elvis Week is another big draw.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but the Mud Island River Park closes from October through April, and every Monday throughout the year. The National Civil Rights Museum closes every Tuesday and on major holidays.

When to Save

Memphis is an affordable destination at most times, but many attractions will offer discounts in the high season.

Information provided by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau