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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then take a peaceful walk through Bowie Nature Park, and then learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other 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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in March since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature Parks 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 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look for gifts at Memphis Music, look for gifts at A. Schwab, then stop by Lansky, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Graceland, look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., and then identify plant and animal life at Lichterman Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Memphis day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. March in Memphis sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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 Magazine Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Garden District. Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to French Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans journey planner.

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Memphis in March since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough 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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