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Things to do in Memphis

Explore the wildlife with a Wolf River walk

Close to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, the stunning Wolf River Nature Area (tel: +1 901 452 6500; www.wolfriver.org) is some 7,284 hectares (18,000 acres) in size and offers nature trails lined with shady trees, a turtle station, butterfly gardens and tonnes of information on local wildlife. 

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis never left this building

Possibly the most famous address in rock 'n' roll, Graceland (tel: +1 901 332 3322; www.graceland.com) was home to Elvis Presley for 20 years and is a pilgrimage for the King's fans. Although visitors can't see the (infamous) throne, tours do include his Jungle Room, gold discs and final resting place.

Learn of America's Civil Rights struggle

The National Civil Rights Museum (tel: +1 901 521 9699; www.civilrightsmuseum.org) is opposite the site of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. Much of the Lorraine Motel exterior remains the same - and King's room is untouched - but extensive investment and renovation has created one of Tennessee's most important and educational museums.

Savour the blues and barbeque of Beale Street

Stroll down Beale Street (www.bealestreet.com) and it will be throbbing with crowds ducking into neon-lit blues music, feasting on succulent barbeque ribs and following the Brass Notes Walk of Fame. The Memphis in May festival celebrates the best the street and state has to offer and is unmissable.

Take a trail ride on horseback

Shady Creek Farm (tel: +1 901 262 1173; www.shadycreekfarm.com) offers 12 hectares (30 acres) of indoor and outdoor riding facilities. Just east of Memphis, a few miles north of Collierville, the experienced instructors of this welcoming farm cater for all abilities. The more experienced should tackle the Wolf River Wildlife trail.

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Gen X Inn

A chic boutique-style hotel in Midtown from the Best Western chain. It's in the heart of the Medical District and less than one block from Interstate 240, ideally located on the trolley line and only two miles from downtown. The décor in the 32 rooms is knowingly contemporary, and the king and queen rooms feature complimentary WiFi and cable TV. Breakfast is included and there's an exercise room and free parking.

Days Inn Memphis at Graceland

Elvis fans on a budget should take a look at the Days Inn for an adequate alternative to the expensive Guest House at Graceland. With 60 rooms not far from the airport and a short walk to Graceland, the hotel has a guitar-shaped outdoor pool and inclusive WiFi, breakfast and parking.

Sleep Inn Downtown at Court Square

A none-more-central Downtown location is the draw for this higher-end motel, squatting between Court Square and the mighty Mississippi. There are 116 rooms on six floors, the place is clean and modern, and includes breakfast and free WiFi. Book early for big events.

The Hotel Napoleon

In the renovated five-storey Winchester building, this 58-room boutique hotel was opened in September 2016. Designed with modern touches to complement the historic 1902 building, it's conveniently located Downtown near to several Memphis sights including Beale Street. Part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, it includes the farm-to-table Luna Restaurant and bathrooms that feature wooden sliding barn doors and luxurious marble showers.

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown

On the doorstep of barbecue and blues in central Memphis, this 230-room hotel has a free shuttle service covering a three-mile radius, dropping guests off at Beale Street, Sun Studio, the National Civil Rights Museum and other nearby sights. Fees include breakfast, WiFi, parking and use of the patio and outdoor pool.

Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown

Centrally located just three blocks from legendary Beale Street, this hotel has 280 rooms with free WiFi. Guests can burn off BBQ calories at the fitness centre and outdoor pool and make an exception for the signature chocolate chip cookie - a welcoming gift on arrival.