With its intoxicating Southern charm, rollicking musical venues and bevy of civil rights landmarks, Memphis is a hotbed of American culture and history. The city is ever-evolving, with bustling green spaces, microbreweries, restored local buildings and celebrated restaurants aplenty. And of course, live music resounds from diverse venues all over town.

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June through August is peak season in Memphis; temperatures often climb above 90 degrees, with high humidity. Spring in Memphis is lovely — in April and May, temperatures are mild, flowers are blooming and musicians are playing in the streets. If you want to take advantage of fewer crowds and cheaper hotels, October and November are good months to visit.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is in U.S. dollars. ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions, before planning their trip. The Tennessee Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the best resources for up-to-date information and guidance. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. Memphis is also well-known for its temperate climate — and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy — for those concerned about social distancing.


Getting Here: The Memphis International Airport is about 10 miles southeast of downtown. To get from the airport to downtown, take a taxi, rent a car, use a rideshare app or take the bus — there’s a public bus stop located in front of Terminal C at the baggage claim level. If you’re staying at a hotel downtown, it’s worth checking to see if there’s a shuttle.
Getting Around: It’s easiest to navigate Memphis by car (either via a rental, taxi or rideshare). Alternately, use the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s citywide buses or trolley system. One-way trolley fares cost just $1.


Local Lingo: English is the primary language spoken in Memphis. Call the city “Bluff City,” “Grind City” or “M-Town” and you’ll likely be mistaken for a local.
Must-Have Apps: UberLyftBeale StreetTransLoc
Insider Tip: Spend an evening at Lafayette’s Music Room where you’ll be far away from the touristy live music scene.