15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Montgomery
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Sacramento

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then make a trip to Graceland. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, then stop by Memphis Music, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner .

Sacramento to Memphis is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sacramento to Memphis, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in September, Memphis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nashville vacation planning tool .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then admire all the interesting features of Regions Field, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St. Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Aldridge Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Park & Statue of Liberty Replica, then take in nature's colorful creations at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and finally take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum.

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Getting from Nashville to Birmingham by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aldridge Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Aldridge Gardens ©
Aldridge Gardens
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

1
night
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Alabama Town, contemplate the long history of First White House of the Confederacy, then have fun at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Governor's Mansion.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montgomery trip planner .

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Montgomery sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex ©
First White House of the Confederacy ©
Old Alabama Town ©
Old Alabama Town

2
nights
Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, then get in on the family fun at SKYVIEW Atlanta, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium. On the next day, stroll through Piedmont Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta visit planner .

Drive from Montgomery to Atlanta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Atlanta are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street, make a trip to Jackson Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 83°F in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

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