It's best known for the promenade of ducks between the lobby fountain and the elevator (at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily), but even when the ducks are in their upstairs penthouse, the Peabody lobby feels like the center of Southern civilization. The Italian Renaissance building went up in 1925, and rates for the 464 rooms start about $260 a night. It's a short walk to the live music of Beale Street, a short drive to Graceland and the widely admired National Civil Rights Museum. Info: (901) 529-4000, http://www.peabodymemphis.com.
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