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Holidays in Memphis

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Memphis is a great choice for families and couples who wish to experience this vibrant city in the deep south.
Average Flight Time:
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A holiday in Memphis is an experience like no other! You'll find this amazing city in western Tennessee, at the heart of America’s Deep South. Think of Memphis and the first things that come to mind are Elvis Presley and Gracelands, but the city has lots more sights and attractions that make the city a special place to visit, including the National Civil Rights Museum, created as a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, and the legendary B.B. King. The Deep South has a unique musical heritage from blues to jazz to rock & roll, bluegrass, rhythm and blues and country. Old-fashioned Southern Hospitality, the legendary nightlife and attractions, delicious food, museums and fun for all the family are also what draw people to holiday in Memphis. Stroll along the Mississippi River and visit the Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded his first single and the careers of Johnny Cash, B.B.King, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis were launched too. In the evening, head downtown to the Peabody Hotel and see the infamous duck parade and then the main entertainment district Beale Street - This street is home to an abundance of bars, music clubs and restaurants and also the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, B.B. King’s Blues Club and the Rum Boogie Café. A little further afield you’ll find Tupelo (birthplace of Elvis Presley), Nashville (where gospel music was born and home to the Grand Ole Opry) and also the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. With so much to see and experience in and around Memphis, it’s easy to see why Memphis city breaks are a popular choice during a trip to America.

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Memphis enjoys all four seasons but rarely experiences more than a dusting of snow or severe weather. The city has moderate temperatures in spring and autumn (17-22°C) contrasting with the heat and humidity of the summer months when temperatures hover between 31-33°C. Winter months tend to be crisp as opposed to cold, with high temperatures averaging 10-13°C.
Things to see & do

Youll be spoilt for choice of things to do on a holiday in Memphis. Explore the city by trolley car or horsedrawn carriage. Head for Elvis Presley Boulevard and visit Gracelands and also the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his family have been laid to rest. The Rock n Roll Museum traces Memphis musical and cultural past. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the in the renovated Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. Catch a baseball game at the Autozone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds. The children will adore Memphis Zoo with its 3,000 animals and also the Childrens Museum of Memphis. Glimpse into Memphis history at the Pink Palace Museum which also has a planetarium and 4storey IMAX theatre onsite. Take to the water for a Riverboat Cruise along the Mississippi River. Plant lovers will enjoy the Memphis Botanic Garden. Golfers will find many golf courses to play a round in the area. The most famous shop in Memphis is A Schwab on Beale Street and is a treasure trove of unusual products.

No trip to Memphis would be complete without sampling the nightlife on Beale Street. Two of the city's favourite blues venues are located here, BB King's Blues Club and Rum Boogie Caf. There are bars, dance clubs, blues clubs and nightspots to keep you entertained until the early hours.

Food & drink

There are many options to tempt your taste buds in Memphis. You can eat your way around the world with French, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Cajan and Southwestern dishes on the menu. Memphis is famous for its BBQ from ribs to chicken and even barbecued spaghetti all prepared to your liking. From fast food to fine dining, youll find it all in Memphis, all served with oldfashioned southern hospitality. Local beers, wines and cocktails will quench your thirst.

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