11 days in Memphis, Nashville & New Orleans Itinerary

11 days in Memphis, Nashville & New Orleans Itinerary

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11 days in Memphis, Nashville & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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.
Memphis is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Graceland, stop by A. Schwab, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planner .

Minneapolis to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 87°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nashville tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

5
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon Zoo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Nashville in September, with lows around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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