10 days in Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

10 days in Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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10 days in Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Saint Charles
Drive:  5​h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
New Orleans
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Saint Charles

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, stop by Memphis Music, and then stop by A. Schwab. On your second day here, look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., look for gifts at S.Y. Wilson and Company, and then take a peaceful walk through Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Memphis tour planner.

Saint Charles to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

S.Y. Wilson and Company, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park ©
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
S.Y. Wilson and Company ©
S.Y. Wilson and Company
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery

6
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jamie Hayes Gallery and Beauvoir. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Magazine Street. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to St. Joseph Plantation (in Vacherie), Biloxi Beach (in Biloxi) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Global Wildlife Center, stop by Boutique du Vampyre, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church.

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Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Memphis in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Biloxi, St. Joseph Plantation, Global Wildlife Center, Whitney Plantation, Nottoway Plantation
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church
Lake Lawn Metairie ©
Lake Lawn Metairie

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