11 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

11 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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11 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10​h
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Carter House and Carnton. For shopping fun, head to Opry Mills or Lynchburg Hardware and General Store. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Southern Charm Store (in Bell Buckle), Country View Market (in Charlotte) and Franklin (The Copper Fox Gallery & Gallery 202). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Franklin, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, and stop by Hatch Show Print.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Nashville is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in May; daily highs in Nashville reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Franklin, Southern Charm, Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, Country View Market
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Covington's Historic Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington), Clarksdale (Deak's Mississippi Saxophones & Blues Emporium, Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery, & more) and Oxford (Square Books, Jr., Square Books, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Mud Island River Park, make a trip to Beale Street, look for gifts at Memphis Music, and explore the galleries of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis journey planner .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Oxford, S.Y. Wilson and Company, Covington's Historic Square
Highlights from your plan
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©

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