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: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

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 9th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Collierville TN Historic District, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Graceland, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis journey site .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Memphis is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Memphis. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in June, with highs in Memphis at 37°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Collierville TN Historic District
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Carter House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Franklin (Carnton & St. Paul's Episcopal Church). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nashville visit planning tool .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. June in Nashville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

4
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.
Visit French Quarter and Garden District for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and Jackson Square. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, take a stroll through Royal Street, admire the striking features of St. Joseph Church and Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Backstreet Cultural Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans route website .

You can fly from Nashville to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nashville in June, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Joseph Church and Gardens
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The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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