11 days in Nashville, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

11 days in Nashville, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

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11 days in Nashville, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Nashville
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Huntsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Montgomery
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 2 nights
End: New Orleans

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then stroll around Centennial Park, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Nashville. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then look for gifts at Savannah's Candy Kitchen, then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally admire all the interesting features of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville vacation planner .

Montgomery to Nashville is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

3
nights
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get curious at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, admire the majestic nature at Monte Sano State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Harmony Park Safari. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery, look for gifts at Unclaimed Baggage Center, and then tee off at Goose Pond Colony Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Huntsville trip planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Huntsville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsboro, Prichard's Distillery
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Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Prichard's Distillery ©
Prichard's Distillery

1
night
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Rosa Parks Museum, then steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, then steep yourself in history at Civil Rights Memorial Center, and finally stop by Priester's Pecans. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and then don't miss a visit to Jackson Lake Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Montgomery trip planner .

Traveling by car from Huntsville to Montgomery takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Priester's Pecans, Jackson Lake Island, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center
Rosa Parks Museum ©
Rosa Parks Museum

2
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Foley Art Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Shores Public Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gulf Shores holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Gulf Shores takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Foley Art Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier

2
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.
On the 13th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Royal Street, hunt for treasures at Frenchmen Street, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans day trip planner.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Gulf Shores, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
Frenchmen Street ©
Frenchmen Street

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