12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Durham

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

Plan a New Orleans trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Durham to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Durham in September, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graceland, then examine the collection at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, stop by Lansky, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis online tour planner .

You can drive from New Orleans to Memphis in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Memphis, with highs around 77°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planning website .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Nashville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, don't miss a visit to H. L. Hunley, and steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Charleston journey planner .

You can fly from Nashville to Charleston in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Charleston, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, H. L. Hunley
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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