23 days in New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

23 days in New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

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23 days in New Orleans & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 9 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 11 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

9
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Food Tours, Louisiana Swamp Tours, Airboat Tours, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Louisiana's Old State Capitol. Explore hidden gems such as Whitney Plantation and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Saint Francisville (Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site & The Myrtles Plantation), Saint Rose de Lima Catholic Church (in Bay Saint Louis) and Baton Rouge (Capitol Park Museum, LSU Rural Life Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny, examine the collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, and get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saint Francisville, Ocean Springs, Gulfport
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol

11
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Clarksdale (Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, The Delta Blues Museum, & more), Corinth (Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center & Corinth Coke Museum) and Emmett Till museum Interpretive Center (in Sumner). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Graceland, explore the world behind art at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, contemplate the long history of Rowan Oak, and try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis travel planner .

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 May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Brownsville, Tunica, Corinth, Oxford
Highlights from your plan
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©

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