12 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

12 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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12 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Get some historical perspective at Immaculate Conception Church and St. Louis Cathedral. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Pontalba Buildings, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake Lawn Metairie, and get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans vacation planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 Downtown Franklin will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Carter House and Radnor Lake State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carnton & McGavock Confederate Cemetery) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and examine the collection at RCA Studio B.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville trip app .

Fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in December, Nashville is cooler at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then steep yourself in history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then browse the exhibits of Hampson Archeological Museum State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Memphis tour app .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©

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