27 days in Memphis, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

27 days in Memphis, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

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27 days in Memphis, Alabama & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Decatur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Birmingham
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Montgomery
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Mobile
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville) and Horseshoe Casino (in Tunica). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Graceland, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, admire all the interesting features of AutoZone Park, and appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Memphis road trip app .

London, UK to Memphis is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 38°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Decatur.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Collierville TN Historic District, Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
Decatur

Decatur ©
Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the State of Alabama. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): engage your brain at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, then brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden, then contemplate the long history of Historic Mooresville, and then explore the activities along Wheeler Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Decatur online trip planner .

Drive from Memphis to Decatur in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Decatur. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Decatur

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Huntsville, Historic Mooresville
Highlights from your plan
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum ©
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center

3
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Take a break from Birmingham with a short trip to Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum in Helena, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, explore and take pictures at Regions Field, take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 16th Street Baptist Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Birmingham travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Decatur to Birmingham takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum, The Bessemer Hall of History Museum, Aldridge Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Vulcan Park and Museum ©
Vulcan Park and Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

4
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Montgomery: Opelika (Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge & John Emerald Distilling Company), Jordan-Hare Stadium (in Auburn) and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (in Tuskegee Institute). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, get engrossed in the history at Alabama Department of Archives and History, and explore and take pictures at Riverwalk Stadium.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montgomery online road trip planner .

You can drive from Birmingham to Montgomery in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Montgomery are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Opelika, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Moton Field
Highlights from your plan
Jordan-Hare Stadium ©
Jordan-Hare Stadium

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Step out of Orange Beach with an excursion to Alligator Alley in Summerdale--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Orange Beach tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Orange Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. August in Orange Beach sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mobile.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Alligator Alley, Holmes Medical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Fairhope (Fairhope Museum, Fairhope Municipal Pier, & more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Dauphin Island). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Battleship USS ALABAMA, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, see the interesting displays at Mobile Carnival Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Mobile Police History Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mobile online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Orange Beach to Mobile in 1.5 hours. In August in Mobile, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Fairhope, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA
Fairhope Avenue ©
Fairhope Avenue

5
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Mobile to New Orleans by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Mobile, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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