9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5​h
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Bowie Nature Park, and then do a tasting at Arrington Vineyards.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nashville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

San Francisco to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nashville, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park
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Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): 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, stop by A. Schwab, then stop by Lansky, and finally make a trip to Beale Street. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Graceland, then look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lichterman Nature Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. April in Memphis sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
nights
New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Royal Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, browse the eclectic array of goods at French Market, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and wander the streets of Magazine Street.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip tool .

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Garden District ©
Garden District

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