15 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

15 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  11​h
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Memphis
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to The Magnificent Mile, get curious at Field Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary builder app .

Edinburgh, UK to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

6
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: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans day trip planner .

You can fly from Chicago to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

4
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.
Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Graceland, look for gifts at Lansky, steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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You can drive from New Orleans to Memphis in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Memphis, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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