12 days in Lexington, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

12 days in Lexington, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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12 days in Lexington, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lexington
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Edinburgh

4
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Venture out of the city with trips to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), Claiborne Farm (in Paris) and Louisville (Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, & more). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lexington travel itinerary planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Lexington is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Lexington, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in May; daily highs in Lexington reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Louisville, Claiborne Farm, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Limestone Branch Distillery, The Great American Dollhouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Distillery Tours
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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.
When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Graceland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Plan trip to Memphis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Lexington to Memphis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Memphis. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Lexington in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip builder website .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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