12 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

12 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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12 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  19​h 30​min
End: Belfast

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery. Let the collections at The Delta Blues Museum and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington), Deak's Mississippi Saxophones & Blues Emporium (in Clarksdale) and Covington's Historic Square (in Covington). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, stop by Lansky, and take an in-depth tour of Mud Island River Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis route maker .

Belfast, UK to Memphis is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Memphis is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Belfast in June, expect nights in Memphis to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are much warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Covington's Historic Square, Wall Doxey State Park, S.Y. Wilson and Company, Square Books, Jr.
Highlights from your plan
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cummins Falls State Park and Centennial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Downtown Franklin and Opry Mills. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carter House, The Copper Fox Gallery, & more) and T.B. Sutton General Store (in Granville). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, explore the world behind art at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, T.B. Sutton General Store, Cummins Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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