8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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8 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Edinburgh

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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Royal Street, walk around New Orleans City Park, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Orleans attractions planner.

Edinburgh, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Edinburgh in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

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

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), examine the collection at Graceland, then take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis route planner .

Drive from New Orleans to Memphis in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New Orleans in March since evenings lows in Memphis dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Downtown Presbyterian Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Fun & Games Tours Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©

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