9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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Nashville
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Memphis
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New Orleans
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Nashville

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.
On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then stroll around Bowie Nature Park, and then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards.

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San Francisco to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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Memphis

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.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look for gifts at Memphis Music, then look for gifts at A. Schwab, then stop by Lansky, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Graceland, look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lichterman Nature Center.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Memphis online journey planner.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Memphis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Graceland
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Garden District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Boutique du Vampyre, make a trip to French Quarter, wander the streets of Magazine Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans route builder app.

Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site ©
Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

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