13 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

13 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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13 days in Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Let the collections at Loretta Lynn's Ranch and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro), George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma) and Lynchburg Hardware and General Store (in Lynchburg). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum, admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park, and steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum.

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Washington DC to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Stones River National Battlefield, George Dickel Distillery, Lynchburg Hardware and General Store
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Loretta Lynn's Ranch ©
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery. Let the collections at The Delta Blues Museum and Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art capture your imagination. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Covington's Historic Square (in Covington), The Rock & Blues Museum (in Clarksdale) and Pinson Mounds State Park (in Pinson). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, look for gifts at Memphis Music, identify plant and animal life at Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bellevue Baptist Church.

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Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Covington's Historic Square, Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art ©
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

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