17 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

17 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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17 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Nashville
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and The National WWII Museum. Appreciate the collections at Jamie Hayes Gallery and Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow) and Whitney Plantation (in Wallace). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, make a trip to Jackson Square, wander the streets of Garden District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Street.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary planner .

Ottawa, Canada to New Orleans is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Ottawa in August since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Whitney Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at T.B. Sutton General Store and Opry Mills. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lotz House Museum and National Corvette Museum. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Southern Charm (in Bell Buckle), Franklin (Carter House, Gallery 202, & more) and Country View Market (in Charlotte). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at RCA Studio B, look for gifts at Hatch Show Print, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Bright's Antique World, and explore the galleries of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Nashville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Nashville to be little chillier, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franklin, T.B. Sutton General Store, National Corvette Museum, Southern Charm, Bright's Antique World
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and The Rock & Blues Museum. Appreciate the collections at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Delta Cultural Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington), Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and Southaven Towne Center (in Southaven). The adventure continues: stop by Square Books, try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Delta Blues Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis route builder tool .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Oxford, S.Y. Wilson and Company, Covington's Historic Square, Southland Park Gaming and Racing
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum

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