15 days in Memphis, Nashville & Chicago Itinerary

15 days in Memphis, Nashville & Chicago Itinerary

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15 days in Memphis, Nashville & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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've now added Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hampson Museum State Park and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Alex Haley House Museum (in Henning), Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and The Rock & Blues Museum (in Clarksdale). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.

Plan my day in Memphis using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Toronto, Canada to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Memphis. Traveling from Toronto in February, you will find days in Memphis are much warmer (15°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Helena Confederate Cemetery, Horseshoe Tunica, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Alex Haley House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid ©
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Ole Opry. Shop till you drop at Gallery 202 and Franklin Glassblowing Studio. Get some cultural insight at Downtown Franklin and The Copper Fox Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Bowen Plantation House (in Goodlettsville) and Franklin (McLemore House, Carnton, & more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Opry Mills, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Starved Rock State Park and Baker Lake Park. Head to The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Centerfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Box Factory for the Arts (in Saint Joseph) and Vineyards Gourmet (in Coloma). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at The Field Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chicago travel route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nashville in February, with highs in Chicago at 2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Baker Lake Park, Box Factory for the Arts, Vineyards Gourmet, Starved Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

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