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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Bowie Nature Park, and then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville holiday maker tool .

San Francisco to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Nashville, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Museums

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.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, stop by Memphis Music, then look for gifts at A. Schwab, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Graceland, stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lichterman Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Memphis, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
Do your shopping at Boutique du Vampyre and Royal Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Jackson Square. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Garden District, hunt for treasures at French Market, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to 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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