12 days in Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

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12 days in Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  13​h
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Dublin

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then stop by Carter Vintage Guitars.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nashville online travel route planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Nashville is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in April: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Fun & Games Tours Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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.
On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Graceland, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Memphis trip maker site .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. April in Memphis sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, and meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans travel route planner.

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in April, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gatlinburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from New Orleans to Gatlinburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in April, plan for much colder nights in Gatlinburg, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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