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.
On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowie Nature Park, and then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner .

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. In December, Nashville is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park
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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 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, appreciate the history behind 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 don't miss a visit to Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on 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.

To find out how to plan a trip to Memphis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Graceland ©
Graceland
A. Schwab ©
A. Schwab

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Royal Street. Shop till you drop at Boutique du Vampyre and Magazine Street. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Garden District, stop by Faulkner House Books, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at French Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans day trip site .

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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