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Memphis Layover

| December 11, 2014

Stuck on a Memphis layover in Tennessee? As a major hub of Northwest Airlines, the Memphis International Airport in Tennessee is a main stop for many on a layover. The airport is 8 miles south of downtown Memphis, which makes it an accessible destination to check out some sights on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Memphis layover, click here for useful tips.
Memphis Tennessee layoverIf you’re stuck on a short layover in the Memphis airport, there’s a small amount of shopping at the airport, a dozen restaurants, International services, as well as business services. In addition you can purchase phone cards, visit a barber shop or airline club, or get a shoeshine. For a map of the airport including the location of these amenities, click here.

For those looking to get some rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a full list of Memphis hotels of varying price points, click here, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you’re looking to leave the airport during your Memphis layover, taxis are probably you’re best bet if you’re tight on time. They can be found outside terminal B baggage claim area. If you run into any problems, contact an employee at the Taxi Booth. You can also use the limo and shuttle services, public or charter buses, and car rental.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Memphis Layover:

Tours Galore

There are many Memphis tours to choose from including everything from bus and segway tours to helicopter rides and food tours, and much more.


Graceland teaches you all about Elvis – from his humble beginnings to his stardom. Graceland will give you the ultimate Elvis experience through videos, photos, personal mementos and artifacts, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and more.

South Main Historic District

This historic area was the essence of Memphis in the early 1900’s. Filled with art galleries, southern restaurants and eclectic shops, this is a great place to walk around and get a feel for Memphis. For a walking tour of South Main Historic District, click here.

Mud Island – Mississippi River Park and Museum

At this unusual park, visitors can tour the ½ mile Riverwalk model, visiting the 18-gallery Mississippi River Museum, rent a kayak or canoe, or exploring Mud Island River Park by bicycle. The park also has an amphitheatre with views of downtown Memphis.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The museum features key aspects of the American civil rights movement, and ways to promote civil and human rights efforts globally.

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