18 days in Memphis & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

18 days in Memphis & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Memphis
— 2 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 14 nights

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.
Sun Studio has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, thendeepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, thenexamine the collection at Metal Museum, and finally try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, thenstroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, thenadmire the landmark architecture of The Orpheum Theatre, and finally examine the collection at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis vacation site.

Knoxville to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. October in Memphis sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

14
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Olmsted Point. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Murphys (Hatcher Winery, Old Timers Museum, &more), Stanislaus National Forest (in Hathaway Pines) and Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake). There's lots more to do: trek along Panorama Trail, cruise along Tioga Rd, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park holiday planning site.

You can take a bus from Memphis to Yosemite National Park in 60 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Murphys, Lee Vining, Bridgeport, Stanislaus National Forest, Vista Ranch
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow

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