4 days in New Orleans, Birmingham & Nashville Itinerary

4 days in New Orleans, Birmingham & Nashville Itinerary

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4 days in New Orleans, Birmingham & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Birmingham
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum and then don't miss a visit to Jackson Square. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon Zoo, and then take a stroll through Garden District.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner .

Indianapolis to New Orleans is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in New Orleans. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

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day
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alabama Wildlife Center, then identify plant and animal life at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Birmingham attractions planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Birmingham in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or fly. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Birmingham: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Alabama Wildlife Center
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Alabama Wildlife Center ©
Alabama Wildlife Center
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve ©
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planning tool .

Getting from Birmingham to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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