11 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

11 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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11 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Villalobos Pitbull Rescue Center, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, Frenchmen Street, and other attractions. Get outdoors at Old River Road Plantation Adventure and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Garden District and French Quarter will appeal to history buffs. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip builder app .

Los Angeles to New Orleans is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus 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. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (61°F), and nights are a bit warmer (61°F). On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Frenchmen Street ©
Frenchmen Street

3
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.
B.B. King's Blues Club has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and The Peabody Ducks are in your itinerary. Sun Studio and Beale Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Horseshoe Casino in Tunica (about 44 minutes away).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Memphis holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in April, plan for little chillier nights in Memphis, with lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Casinos Nightlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

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.
Lotz House Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and RCA Studio B. Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Plantation House in Goodlettsville (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and stroll through Centennial Park.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nashville online trip maker .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Historic Mansker's Station, Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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