6 days in Memphis, Nashville & Asheville Itinerary

6 days in Memphis, Nashville & Asheville Itinerary

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6 days in Memphis, Nashville & Asheville Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
New York City

1
day
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 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip builder

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

2
days
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Carter House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

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Traveling by flight from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nashville are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Asheville.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House
Carter House

2
days
Asheville

Asheville
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Beach at Lake Lure & Water Works, examine the collection at Folk Art Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, then steep yourself in history at Biltmore Estate, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and finally see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Asheville online travel planner

Drive from Nashville to Asheville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Asheville. Traveling from Nashville in December, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 50°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Wheels Through Time Transportation, Beach at Lake Lure & Water Works
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Folk Art Center
Folk Art Center

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