15 days in Tennessee, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

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15 days in Tennessee, Texas & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Houston
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
5
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: London


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1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville trip planner .

London, UK to Knoxville is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Knoxville, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, you will find days in Knoxville are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Citico Wildlife Wilderness, Rocking Chair Farm, Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking
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Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visiting Roaring Fork and Quiet Walkways will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Cades Cove). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel planner.

Getting from Knoxville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then examine the collection at Graceland, and finally steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Memphis National Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Memphis online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Memphis takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Memphis sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

1
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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 17th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston and then identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to Houston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Memphis in October, with highs in Houston at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Alamo and Texas State Capitol. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Jose and The Guenther House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & Grape Creek Vineyards on Main), Texcetera (in Johnson City) and Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Antonio day trip app .

Take a bus from Houston to San Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Texcetera, Texas State Capitol, Garrison Brothers Distillery
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. Visit French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral for their historical value. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, take a stroll through Frenchmen Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, and don't miss a visit to Jackson Square.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online attractions planner .

You can fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Antonio, expect cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Crosby Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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