22 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Kentucky Itinerary

22 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Kentucky Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 8 nights
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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Berea
— 1 night
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Petersburg
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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New Orleans

— 8 nights

The Big Easy

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 get to explore The National WWII Museum and Whitney Plantation. Head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Gallery Rinardfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site (in Vacherie) and Baton Rouge (Louisiana Memorial Plaza, USS Kidd, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at 1850 House, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, take an in-depth tour of The Presbytere, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans tour itinerary website.

San Jose, Costa Rica to New Orleans is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in March, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 6 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like RCA Studio B and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Lotz House Museum and Lane Motor Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carter House, Franklin Antique Mall, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Cheekwood, look for gifts at Hatch Show Print, examine the collection at The George Jones, and engage your brain at Adventure Science Center.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in March since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Diamond Caverns, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, and then examine the collection at Dinosaur World.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Bowling Green takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berea.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Berea

— 1 night
Berea is a home rule-class city in Madison County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stop by Weston Glass Studio, view the masterpieces at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, then stroll the grounds of Berea Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Brush Arbor Appalachian Pioneer Homestead.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berea trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Berea in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Berea, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Berea

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Petersburg

— 1 night
Located on the site of an ancient Indian settlement, Petersburg is a small rural community.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get outside with England idlewild park and then learn more about the world around you at Creation Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Petersburg online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Berea to Petersburg in 2 hours. In April in Petersburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Petersburg

Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kentucky Derby Museum and Muhammad Ali Center. Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, stop by Art Eatables, and relax and rejuvenate at Louisville Salt Cave.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Petersburg to Louisville in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.