Tennessee - Need to know
We flew with Continental Airlines (1890 925 252; continental.com) from Dublin to Newark. The airline flies directly to Memphis from there. Return fares from €643, including taxes.
Famous for its daily parade of resident ducks through the foyer -- they live on the roof -- the Peabody Hotel is the city's grande dame. It's not five star by European standards, but its glamorous lobby is a brilliant perch for Memphis people-watching. Doubles start from €186pn.
The hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, who offer city-break packages with complimentary breakfasts and other treats on bookings from their website preferredhotels.com/ peabodymemphis.
Need to know
The best way to tour the musical sights of the city is on the Sun Studio free shuttle that runs every hour daily starting at the studios, taking in Beale St, the Stax Museum of American Soul, Heartbreak Hotel and Graceland.
See memphistravel.com for updated lists of free things to do in the city and information on all of its attractions or Tennessee's tourist office at tnvacation.com.
FIVE THINGS TO DO
- Stand in the spot where, on April 4, a shot rang out in the Memphis sky and changed the course of American history.
- Genuflect at Graceland, a temple to Elvis and ostentatious '70s style.
- Hop on the bus to Union Avenue and Sun Studios, the birthplace of rock and roll.
- Go to Sunday Service at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, where Reverend Al Green -- the legendary '70s recording star -- presides over a three-hour window-rattling marathon praising the Lord.
- Indulge in the succulent flavours of the Deep South, from fried shrimp and pulled pork sandwiches to gumbo and jambalaya.