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Nashville & Memphis (Moon Handbooks)
by Susanna Henighan Potter
Avalon Travel
ISBN 978-1-59880-102-6
Published September 2008 - Paperback - 260 pages - $17.95

These Moon guides are new to me so I was looking forward to seeing what they offer.  If you think about both Nashville and Memphis, music immediately springs to mind, and you'd not be wrong.  However, as this guide says, "Nashville is not a hillbilly haven..." and "Memphis is far more than Beale Street or Graceland".  The Grand Ole Opry comes to mind as does the mighty Mississippi River, both of which should be seen.  Using this book you'll find out the best (and busiest and hottest) time to go, where and what to visit, what to wear, and they offer a two-week trip to both cities as well as weekend getaways.  There's much to see and do between cities, like visiting the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg or the Camton Plantation.  In both cities this guide offers lots to see and do and EAT — barbecue and hot chicken dominate.  Naturally music is the biggest draw card and you can visit the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis or B.B. King's jazz club, Sun Studios, or even the National Civil Rights Museum.  In Nashville you can look up the Country Music Hall of Fame or stroll along Music Row.  The Hermitage and the Alex Haley House Museum outside the city also attracts visitors.  They also offer nature escapes as alternatives.  Sights are listed with addresses, telephone numbers, web addresses, hours, and admission, along with maps (I always photocopy the maps and highlight the sights I wish to see) and some photos.  There is also the varied and interesting history of the state, museums, entertainment, events, shopping, sports, accommodations, and information and services listed.  In Memphis you'll also be able to see Graceland, the Peabody Hotel to see the duck march, and a trip on the Memphis Queen Riverboat.  Of course there are numerous music spots (rock, jazz, blues, etc.) to seek out.
Conclusion - Comprehensive and informative.

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