8 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

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8 days in New Orleans & Nashville Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Do some cultural sightseeing at Garden District and Jackson Square. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Royal Street, witness the site of a historic battle at Chalmette National Historical Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New Orleans visit planner .

San Francisco to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, New Orleans is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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.
Do your shopping at Gallery 202 and Franklin Glassblowing Studio. Get a sense of the local culture at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave, & more). The adventure continues: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nashville online day trip planner .

You can fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©

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