15 days in Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee & New Orleans Itinerary

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Nashville
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. When in Nashville, make a side trip to see Soar Adventure Tower in Franklin, approximately Franklin away. The adventure continues: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary website.

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Nashville, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Your inner history buff will appreciate French Quarter and Jackson Square. Do some cultural sightseeing at The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. The adventure continues: stop by Garden District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, paddle through the water with Kayak-iti-Yat Original Kayaking Tours of New Orleans, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in New Orleans, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, stroll through Charlies Bunion, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in November, expect colder with lows of 39°F in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Get in touch with nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Bluff Mountain Adventures. Get a sense of the local culture at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Mill Bridge Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Gatlinburg (Fowler's Clay Works, Sugarlands Distilling Company, &more) and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine (in Pigeon Forge). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Navitat Knoxville.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville takes 2 hours. November in Knoxville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.