The best times to visit Memphis are the temperate seasons of spring and autumn; these are also the most scenic seasons. Spring is lush with fresh blooms and high rivers, and colorful autumn foliage covers upland woodlands in October. Many Memphis special events are held during these seasons, including the giant Memphis In May festival.
Memphis has a generally moderate, fairly sunny climate. Summers can get pretty warm, with a 27°C (80°F) average temperature compounded by some solid humidity. Winter averages temperatures around 10°C (50°F), with January and February being the chilliest.
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This downtown Memphis hotel is just steps away from the Convention Center, Beale Street, museums, and much more.
Memphis International Airport is 12mi southeast of downtown via I-55. Try City Wide Cab Company or Yellow Cab. The Downtown Airport Shuttle (DASH) serves most downtown hotels. Greyhound runs frequent buses to Nashville (4hrs); Little Rock, AR; and New Orleans, LA (8-10hrs). Central Station, the Amtrak terminal, has been restored to its original 1914 splendor. The City of New Orleans bus goes to Chicago, IL (10hr) and New Orleans, LA (9hr).
North Memphis has a reputation for being dangerous, with violent gangs residing or operating in the region. Take caution and contact local police if unsure about which areas are safe to visit. Lock your car doors and don't leave any valuables visible. Avoid walking alone on empty streets, down alleys or in parks at night. You may encounter a number homeless people in and around Memphis, if you do give money do not take your wallet out make sure you have some cash separate in your pocket.
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