8 days in Chicago, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in Chicago, Memphis & Nashville Itinerary

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Memphis
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chicago. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You'll set off for Memphis on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
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Memphis

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Orpheum Theatre, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Sprock n' Roll Party Bike. Attractions like Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Elmwood Cemetery make great kid-friendly stops. Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and Victorian Village Historic District will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, get engrossed in the history at Peabody Place Museum, and have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis.

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Getting from Chicago to Memphis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Memphis to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 74°F. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Belmont Mansion will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Lane Motor Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of local nightlife at The George Jones, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville, and don't miss a visit to The District.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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