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Whether you are headed from Los Angeles to Memphis for work or pleasure, you are sure to enjoy the rich culture that the Bluff City has to offer. Memphis is one of the premier southern destinations for barbecue, music history and nightlife.
After arriving at the Memphis International Airport (MEM), you might want to drive into the city to explore the world famous Beale Street, eat some Memphis-style barbecue, or walk along the Mississippi River. Having a car will make exploring Memphis much more convenient and enjoyable.
MEM is located approximately ten miles southeast of downtown Memphis. Unfortunately, there isn't much to see near the airport, but it is only a roughly 15 minute drive to the downtown area. Because the airport is quite small, it's easy to navigate Memphis once you arrive.
Renting a car is definitely recommended, as the city is geographically large without much density. This makes public transportation fairly hard to come by. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, make sure to explore as many different parts of the city as you can.
Flights from LAX to Memphis International Airport (MEM), last three and a half hours on a nonstop flight, though most flights will have a layover. Generally, there will be a stop for about an hour or two, putting your total travel time at approximately five or six hours.