Enjoy 2 nights in Chicago discovering the city's fabulous architecture and pulsing blues bars before boarding the City of New Orleans for a musical journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico with stops in Memphis and New Orleans. Visit Graceland, the fabled home of Elvis Presley, take a tour of Sun Studios where Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their hits, look out for basking alligators in the Louisiana Bayou and then sample the delights of New Orleans' French Quarter.As I recall, the last time we went to New Orleans we flew in to Chicago and changed there. It would be a pity to miss it if it still a hub for regional flights in the States Maybe there is something to be said for a Chicago>Memphis> New Orleans itinerary like this.
http://www.grandamericanadventures.com/tours/deep-south-holidays.html is worth a look as well.
By the way, the recipe associated with Mondo Bongo is a new old-fashioned cocktail. I'll have to make my own orange bitters to fix one though.