FACTS ABOUT MEMPHIS
Climate: Memphis resides in a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid springs and summers, rainy autumns and cool winters.
Time Zone: Central Standard Time
Memphis Top Venues: FedEx Forum, Levitt Shell-Overton Park Shell, Rum Boogie Cafe, Mud Island Amphitheatre
Teams in Memphis: Memphis Grizzlies, University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the jewels of the "Mid-South" and has a rich and diverse history that is intertwined in the story of America. The city's contributions to pop culture have been undeniable, as entertainers like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Al Green and many more once called Memphis home.
While Memphis' cultural roots are firmly entrenched, its stellar growth over the past half century has led to an explosion of new construction in the downtown and elsewhere. In the sports world, the city was able to attract the Grizzlies from Vancouver, and they are now Memphis's representative in the NBA and the only professional sports team in the metropolis. The Grizzlies play at the FedEx Forum, a stunning venue that hosts large-scale sporting events, concerts and conventions.
Aside from the Grizzlies, the University of Memphis Tigers whet the appetites of sports fans all over the area. As a fixture in men's basketball and a growing presence in football, the Tigers have a loyal legion of fans that give them real home field advantage.
Aside from the Forum, music fans visiting Memphis will have more options than they know what to do with. Outdoor concerts are available all summer long at the Levitt Shell-Overton Park Shell in the park, or a short drive from the city at the Mud Island Amphitheatre. Of course, the appeal of the jazz and blues clubs of Beale Street and other neighborhoods in Memphis is ever-present, and there always seems to be a local band or musician performing in the downtown area.
Tourists taking a trip to Memphis have more than enough attractions to keep them busy during their stay. Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, is one of the most-visited homes in the United States and is filled with plenty of memorabilia from the King's life. Last but not least, no trip to Memphis is complete without a tour of the Gibson guitar factory that will show visitors how workers construct the iconic instrument.