15 days in New Orleans & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in New Orleans & Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in New Orleans & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cardiff

4
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: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Garden District, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

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Cardiff, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Cardiff in September, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are warmer (33°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graceland, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, stop by Lansky, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

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Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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

2
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then admire the striking features of Bowen Plantation House, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nashville, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Nightlife

Side Trips

Historic Mansker's Station, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip planning website .

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ocoee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Escape Experience - Chattanooga ©
Escape Experience - Chattanooga

4
nights
Pigeon Forge

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Dollywood, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge travel route site .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge takes 3 hours. In September in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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