WHEN TO GO
Spring and fall are Marrakech's most appealing seasons, but check the timing of Ramadan, when the whole city slows down for a month.
Most flights to Marrakech pass through the Casablanca airport or a European hub. A recent round-trip flight from New York to Marrakech on Royal Air Maroc cost $1,300, but you can cobble together a cheaper fare with separate flights to Europe and then on to Morocco. (Try London as well as Mediterranean cities like Barcelona.) U.S. citizens don't need a visa.
If you don't read Arabic, don't rent a car. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive, although prices rise a bit after dark. A typical ride from the airport to the medina should cost around $20.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
Morocco's culture is fairly progressive, but it's wise
to pack some modest clothing options: pants, long skirts, and shirts with sleeves.