Residents of Washington, DC, who want to learn more about America's musical history, eat delicious pork barbecue and tour Elvis's old house can fly to Memphis in less than two hours. Drive yourself or take a Metro train to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
After you fly from Washington, DC, to Memphis, you can start your musical history lesson with a visit to Graceland, the eccentric home of The King of Rock and Roll. Next, a tour of Sun Studio will show you where many famous musicians of the 1950s recorded their music. For extensive coverage of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the struggle of African-Americans to gain full equality in the United States, check out the National Civil Rights Museum. You can spend more time outdoors with a visit to Mud Island where you ll enjoy hiking through the park. To stay indoors, visit the Mississippi River Museum.
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Located about 3 miles from downtown, Memphis International Airport (MEM) is accessible via Interstates 40, 55 and 240. Once you're in Memphis, you might want to attend the Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis in May, the International Blues Challenge or the Mid-South Fair. Local temperatures range from as low as 33 degrees in the winter to as high as 92 degrees in the summer.