16 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

16 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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16 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Memphis
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Nashville
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jackson Square and Audubon Zoo. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans online holiday planner .

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in New Orleans hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

4
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.
Attractions like Memphis Zoo and The Children's Museum of Memphis make great kid-friendly stops. When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Graceland, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip maker app .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Memphis, with highs around 38°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
The Children's Museum of Memphis ©

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Cummins Falls State Park and Adventure Science Center. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nashville trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cummins Falls State Park, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
Cummins Falls State Park ©
Cummins Falls State Park
Adventure Science Center ©
Adventure Science Center

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