I got some different places the first two nights, and still don't have one for memphis, the internets weren't working. Funny story...stayed at that hotel in Le Claire last month on Drag Week.
By chance, the Le Claire hotel I picked is right across the street from the recommended hotel, if I'm not mistaken. One advantage to being on the outskirts of the cities during the week is avoiding rush hour. I didn't look in the Graceland area for a hotel, but when I saw the La Quinta was one of the new "Del Sol" designs, I booked it immediately. (I've stayed at a handful in Utah, including the "prototype" Del Sol design in Cedar City.)
Gas pricing will be in our favor--the Costco in New Orleans is $2.90, and other stations start around $3/gal. The price is within 10-15 cents all the way up the river until Minneapolis, where it's about the same as the Mitten State (about 60 cents more than New Orleans).
I'll be in New Orleans arriving Sunday late afternoon, so most of Monday is free for sightseeing. I'll probably head down to the gulf for some photography.
Which reminds me, I still have to pick a room between home and New Orleans. Nashville is halfway but I prefer driving further on the first day. It's about 20 hours total. I was thinking more like Athens, AL, although with it being a college town, rooms seemed like they were booked up.
Driver of soul-sucking appliances in the Rust Belt.