9 days in Nashville, Lexington & New Orleans Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Lexington & New Orleans Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville, Lexington & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then don't miss a visit to The District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville road trip tool .

Los Angeles to Nashville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Nashville. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 61°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ark Encounter as well as The Big Zipper. On the 11th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Ark Encounter. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, sample the fine beverages at Wilderness Trail Distillery, and then see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Lexington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Lexington. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nashville in March, with highs in Lexington at 55°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Danville, The Big Zipper, Ark Encounter
Highlights from your plan
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©
Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Kayaking & Canoeing. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and look for gifts at Faulkner House Books.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans day trip planner .

Fly from Lexington to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lexington in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 61°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

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