13 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

13 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

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13 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  25​h
1
New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

6
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Whitney Plantation and Escape My Room New Orleans. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Denham Springs Library (in Denham Springs), Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom) and Covington (Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum & Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger Habitat, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans day trip planning app .

Phoenix to New Orleans is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to New Orleans is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in May, you will find days in New Orleans are cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Covington, Denham Springs Library, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Mike the Tiger Habitat, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park and The District. Get in touch with nature at Burgess Falls State Park and Radnor Lake State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Cummins Falls State Park (in Cookeville), Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and explore and take pictures at Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from New Orleans to Nashville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in June since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Cummins Falls State Park, Arrington Vineyards, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Burgess Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Burgess Falls State Park ©
Burgess Falls State Park
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards

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