8 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Durham Itinerary

8 days in New Orleans, Nashville & Durham Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Durham
— 2 nights
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New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans day trip tool.

San Antonio to New Orleans is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in March, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (61°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (61°F). You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Nashville Parthenon, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Nashville takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for cooler nights in Nashville, with lows around 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Durham.

Things to do in Nashville

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Durham

— 2 nights

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 11th (Thu), shop like a local with FRANK Gallery, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durham trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nashville to Durham in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Durham due to the time zone difference. March in Durham sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Durham

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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