9 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

9 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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9 days in New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
End: Detroit

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Preservation Hall, French Quarter, Garden District, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, steep yourself in history at Hermann-Grima House, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and stroll around New Orleans City Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder app .

Detroit to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Detroit in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 83°F at night. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
nights
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.
You've now added B.B. King's Blues Club to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Graceland and then get a taste of local nightlife at B.B. King's Blues Club. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis road trip planner .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Memphis, with lows of 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
B.B. King's Blues Club ©
B.B. King's Blues Club

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Radnor Lake State Park as well as Walking tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip app .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©

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