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What to know before you travel to Memphis with Kids
An integral part of the American South, Memphis is known for its connections to civil rights, the blues, and rock n’ roll. Both BB King and Elvis called Memphis home and Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated here. Music-lovers will seek the sound of blues guitar on Beale St., Barbecue connoisseurs will hunt down the best smoky pulled pork and dry-rubbed ribs, and Elvis fanatics will visit the King at Graceland. Families could spend days hopping from one museum or historic site to another (stopping along the way for barbecue, of course!).
The city graces the banks of the Mississippi River, from which flows so many parts of the American story. Also not to miss are several museums honoring the struggle from slavery and for civil rights, including the Pink Palace, Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. These museums feature powerful exhibits on the long arc of black oppression in America, from slavery to segregation.
On the music side, the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, which over time blended with country music to yield rock & roll, rhythm and blues, and many variants of soul music which evolved from black gospel of southern churches. Visiting the home of Elvis at Graceland, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul, and the Smithsonian Rock & Soul Museum will indulge you in the great sounds originating from this musical city.
Memphis International Airport ranks as the 41st busiest passenger airport in the US. Additionally, it is the global "SuperHub" of FedEX Express, and has the second largest cargo operations by volume of any airport worldwide, surpassed only by Hong Kong, so you’ll be sure to see lots of cargo planes going in and out of the airport!
The only inter-city passenger train service to Memphis is the daily City of New Orleans train, operated by Amtrak, which has one northbound and one southbound route each day between Chicago and New Orleans. The Memphis Central station serves the city.
The months of August through October tend to be drier, making summer the peak season to visit Memphis. The days are hot and sunny and there’s lots to do outdoors. While summer is a great time to visit Memphis, it’s also the most expensive. For cooler weather and lighter crowds, visit in the spring or fall. Winter is the least expensive time to visit.
Memphis lies in a humid climate, with summer weather experiencing very hot and humid temperatures. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are frequent during summer months, but usually brief. Fall is drier and mild, but it may still be relatively hot into October. Precipitation peaks again in November and December, with winters bing mild to chilly. Snow may occur sporadically, more commonly though freezing rain and ice storms pose greater risk. The warming of spring can once again bring rain and thunderstorms, although average annual precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year.
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