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Memphis to New Orleans

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Memphis to New Orleans

Hi - I bet this question has been asked many times before but can someone give me some tips or point of interest for a road trip between Memphis and New Orleans. Flying into Memphis from Australia especially to go to Gracelands. From there we are doing a Elvis Cruise from New Orleans. Thought we would drive? or is it a boring trip? Should we catch a plane or go by train? We might then spend the extra time in New Orleans

Hope a few can give me an insight :)

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1. Re: Memphis to New Orleans

In my opinion I suggest you drive. It's pretty boring though. Flying would be expensive for what it is. It's about 350 miles straight drive. You can get a train, 'The city of new orleans' but not sure about price etc...

The locals will give you more better advice but for me it would be easier to just drive down.

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We have taken this route from Memphis to New Orleans at least 4 times. The wife and I are both big fans of both cities. I agree with moviemaker that if you plan to drive straight down Interstate 55 then the drive is not that interesting at all. Unless you have never seen cotton fields or timber forest the drive is pretty standard. If you have the time I would suggest taking US-61 out of Memphis. It will take you through Tunica-Robinsonville where if you are interested you can try your luck at the many casinos there. US-61 then takes you toward the Mississippi River and Vicksburg, MS where you can visit, if interested at all in the American Civil War, the Vicksburg National Military Park including the Vicksburg National Cemetary. US-61 will then take you through the historic city of Natchez, MS which was basically founded by the same person who founded New Orleans. Natchez is a beautiful, historic, American city. From there you continue down through Baton Rouge and on to New Orleans. If none of this interest you at all then I would definately reccomend spending extra time in New Orleans!

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Clarksdale, MS is another great stop on Hwy. 61. Home of world famous juke joints and the Shack Up Inn.

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If you are big Elvis fans then you would also find the short detour to his birthplace at Tupelo rewarding.

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Ty fror your answers - Irish JohnLondonUK - have doine Tupelo before ♥ don't think we want to do that again. With the trip on US-61 , how long does that take(within reason) just a few extra hours or another full day? Does one stop overnight we like to see tourist spots but not spend hours on end - we like to see as much as possible when we are in the USA in a short period of time -

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Traveling as far as you can on Hwy.61 would add quite a bit of time to your drive; at least another day if you want to make any stops. Even if you drive straight through without stopping for the toursit areas, I would guess it would take you an extra 3 or 4 hours over taking the interstate the whole way.

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Welcome Kirada, we made the trip from Memphis to New Orleans 2 weeks ago. Unless you’re in a hurry I would suggest avoiding US. 55.

Our intentions were to take a more scenic route down Hwy 61 and visit some towns along the way but due to bad weather decided on the quicker US.55 route.

US. 55 has gotta be one of the most boring highway to drive, nothing but trees on both side, not even a billboard sign to read. It made the 4 hour drive through Mississippi seen like 8 hours.

Wish I could answer your question about how long the Hwy 61 route would take, but as you read I missed that chance to see the much of the Mississippi country side.

Hope you have a great trip

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8. Re: Memphis to New Orleans

Memphis to Clarksdale on 61 takes about an hour and a half. There are two great music museums in Clarksdale; The Delta Blues museum and the even better Rock and Blues Museum. Well worth a visit.

It then takes about threee and a half hours to drive on down to Vicksburg. I think it took another three and a half hours from Vicksburg to New Orleans via I-55. If you do it you should probably spend a night in Vicksburg and get an early start to NOLA in the morning.

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One point you seem to be overlooking is that all the Delta Blues artists had to leave the Delta and its towns to get to Beale Street in order to make their reputations because there was nothing of substance in those towns to propel them to fame and noteriety like the music incubator they found in Memphis, so even though there are monuments to those artists in the towns in which they were born and some clubs here and there, you'll find the stories of their music and the evidence of the combined successes and how that music morphed into new styles in the museums, tours and club venues of Memphis. Spend more time there and live more of the experience. There are at least three or four days worth of attractions to help you know the American music story in the city.

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10. Re: Memphis to New Orleans

once again ty for your replies - cruise is booked, now planning the rest :)