Fly To Memphis, Tennessee
As the birthplace of the Blues movement and final resting place of rock & roll king Elvis Presley, it’s safe to say that Memphis, Tennessee attracts tourists from far and wide. In addition to its legendary rock & roll heritage, Memphis is also the second largest city in the state of Tennessee and the administrative centre of Shelby County.
Despite its historical contribution to the world of music, Memphis is also known for its lush green parks spread around the city, museums, art galleries and Beale Street – the social centre of the city. Geographically Memphis is bound by The Mississippi River to the west, the second longest river in USA.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Memphis, Tennessee, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Memphis is the South African Consulate-General in New York City. 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Phone: + 1 212 213 4880. Website: southafrica-newyork.net.
See and do
One of the star attractions of Memphis is Graceland, home of The King, Elvis Presley. Graceland is the private mansion of Elvis which was declared a National Historic Landmark 7 years ago. It is open for tourists and attracts a great number of visitors all year round.
Another star attraction of the city is Beale Street – a thoroughfare in downtown Memphis lined by various blues cafes and clubs. You can enjoy live music while strolling on Beale Street. Every year in April-May, Beale Street hosts the Beale Street Music Festival attracting musicians from around the world.
Memphis is also known for its museums. The notable few among them are The National Civil Rights museum, Pink Palace Museum and The Peabody Place Museum. Among other places of interest, tourists love to visit Memphis Zoo, which is the largest zoo in the United States, Mud Island River Park and the Victorian Village.
Memphis is a shopaholic’s heaven. Whatever you may want to buy, you name it and you will get it in Memphis. Don’t miss out on authentic Elvis souvenirs at Graceland. Get fresh local produce at the Memphis Farmer’s market, or if you are a bookworm get great deals on the books at Burke’s Bookstore, or go to Beale Street for souvenirs of your Memphis trip. Memphis caters to the needs of every traveller.
Memphis International Airport – MEM
Memphis International Airport is a busy commercial airport serving about 6 million travellers annually. It is located just a few kilometres away from downtown Memphis.
It has four paved runways and 3 terminals, Terminal A, B & C. Memphis Airport serves as a ‘super hub’ for the global shipping company, FedEx.
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Corky's BBQ / Sam Adams Bar, Popeyes, Lenny's Sub Shop, Memphis City Blues Wine Bar, Interstate Bar-B-Que, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Back Yard Burger, Sun Studios Café, Ciao, Home Team Sports Bar & Grill, Moe's/Cinnabon, Maggie O'Sheas.
Currency Exchange: A Foreign Currency Exchange office is located in Ticket Lobby B. Open Monday – Sunday. Travelex is also located in Ticket Lobby B.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Memphis Airport Police contactable on (901) 922-8298, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car Hire: The car rental companies have been shifted to level 1 & 2 of economic parking facility. Alamo, Avis, Budget and Dollar are some of the companies offering car hiring services at Memphis Airport.
Airport Hub: Memphis International airport (code MEM) a hub for FedEx Express and SeaPort Airlines.