20 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

20 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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20 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Nashville
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Carnton. Do your shopping at Opry Mills and Antique Archaeology. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Winstead Hill Park in Franklin, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, stop by Gruhn Guitars, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and browse the exhibits of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Nashville is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Nashville is minus 16 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

5
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.
Do your shopping at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. and Square Books. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sun Studio and Beale Street. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to Graceland, stop by A. Schwab, and see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis travel planning tool .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Memphis, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Square Books
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Street and Jackson Square. Head to Frenchmen Street and Louisiana Music Factoryfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle) and Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, take a stroll through Garden District, stroll through New Orleans City Park, and stop by Faulkner House Books.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Memphis, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oak Alley Plantation, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Royal Street ©
Royal Street
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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