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: Los Angeles
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chalmette National Historical Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get a sense of the local culture at Garden District and Jackson Square. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, shop like a local with Royal Street, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and stop by Tabasco Country Store French Quarter.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Orleans attractions tool .

Los Angeles to New Orleans is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park and Craighead Forest Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Graceland and The Peabody Ducks. Step out of Memphis with an excursion to Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, have some family-friendly fun at Sun Studio, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Memphis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Memphis when traveling from New Orleans in February, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Horseshoe Tunica, Craighead Forest Park
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

2
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 2nd (Mon), walk around Centennial Park, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at David Arms Gallery, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Bowie Nature Park.

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

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Nashville, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowie Nature Park
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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