12 days in Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

12 days in Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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Memphis
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New Orleans
— 7 nights
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Memphis

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Step out of Memphis to go to Tunica and see Horseshoe Tunica, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Graceland, make a trip to Beale Street, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and take in the local highlights with Tastin' 'Round Town.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Memphis holiday planning site.

Detroit to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in November; daily highs in Memphis reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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New Orleans

— 7 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, get to know the fascinating history of Our Sacred Stories, and don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans road trip tool.

Fly from Memphis to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Memphis in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks