16 days in Nashville, Mississippi & Memphis Itinerary

16 days in Nashville, Mississippi & Memphis Itinerary

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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Tupelo
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Nashville

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park), Onyx Cave (in Cave City) and The Book Store (in Horse Cave). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville day trip site.

Melbourne, Australia to Nashville is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Nashville. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for much hotter days in Nashville, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tupelo.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Tupelo

Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tupelo: Starkville (Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum, Mississippi State University, &more) and Oxford (Thacker Mountain Rail Trail & Lyceum-The Circle Historic District). The adventure continues: cruise along Natchez Trace Pkwy, don't miss a visit to Vietnam Memorial Replica Wall, contemplate the long history of Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, and examine the collection at Tupelo Automobile Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Tupelo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Tupelo

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

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Memphis

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Step out of Memphis to go to Tunica and see Horseshoe Tunica, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Graceland, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tupelo to Memphis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Memphis are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Mississippi travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.