9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5​h
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bowie Nature Park, and then do a tasting at Arrington Vineyards.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nashville online trip itinerary builder .

San Francisco to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nashville is 2 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

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Side Trips

Bowie Nature Park, Arrington Vineyards
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Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look for gifts at Memphis Music, look for gifts at A. Schwab, then stop by Lansky, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Graceland, stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., and then identify plant and animal life at Lichterman Nature Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Memphis road trip planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Memphis are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

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Graceland ©
Graceland
A. Schwab ©
A. Schwab

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and French Market. Head to Boutique du Vampyre and Royal Streetfor plenty of shopping. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site in Vacherie, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, stop by Faulkner House Books, wander the streets of Frenchmen Street, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Memphis in April, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Garden District ©
Garden District

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