8 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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8 days in Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: San Diego

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Pink Palace Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mud Island River Park and Railroad & Trolley Museum. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner .

San Diego to Memphis is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Memphis reach 91°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
The Children's Museum of Memphis ©
The Children's Museum of Memphis
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

4
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Carnton and Carter House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lost River Cave and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Chaney's Dairy Barn (in Bowling Green) and Downtown Franklin (in Franklin). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and examine the collection at RCA Studio B.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowling Green
Highlights from your plan
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

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