8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Chicago
Drive:  15​h 15​min
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Memphis
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Chicago

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days
New Orleans

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Spotted Cat Music Club as well as French Quarter Phantoms. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and then don't miss a visit to Jackson Square. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Historic New Orleans Collection, see the interesting displays at The Presbytere, then go on a hair-raising tour with French Quarter Phantoms, and finally enjoy some music at The Spotted Cat Music Club.

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Chicago to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in February, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit warmer (56°F), and nights are warmer (56°F). You'll set off for Memphis on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Nightlife Tours
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The Presbytere ©
The Presbytere

few
hours
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.
Gibson Guitar has been added to your itinerary.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Memphis day trip planning app .

Fly from New Orleans to Memphis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in February, plan for much colder nights in Memphis, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Tours
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Gibson Guitar ©
Gibson Guitar

3
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.
You've now added Centennial Park to your itinerary. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Loretta Lynn's Ranch are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Stones River National Battlefield and Belmont Mansion for their historical value. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to McGavock Confederate Cemetery in Franklin, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The George Jones and engage your brain at Adventure Science Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner .

You can fly from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nashville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Stones River National Battlefield, McGavock Confederate Cemetery
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Loretta Lynn's Ranch ©
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield
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