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Las Vegas to Nashville via New Mexico

driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Las Vegas to Nashville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Las Vegas to Nashville. If you're planning a road trip to Nashville, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Las Vegas
drive for about 4 hours

1:50 pm  Flagstaff
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:50 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:06 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Petrified Forest National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours

1:28 pm  New Mexico
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:28 pm
drive for about 6 hours

8:42 pm  Elk City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Elk City
drive for about 7 hours

4:52 pm  Little Rock
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Little Rock
drive for about 2 hours

12:08 pm  Memphis
eat at Central BBQ
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 2:38 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:44 pm  arrive in Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort

day 4 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Flagstaff  (54 answers)
    Lowell Observatory  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Flagstaff:
        Macy's Fresh Roasted Coffee
        Mountain Oasis
        Flagstaff Brewing Company
    questions about Flagstaff:
        Where to stay
        Best cozy hotel in Flagstaff nearby Monte Vista hotel

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Petrified Forest National Park:
        Accessibility

New Mexico  (38 mentions)
    questions about New Mexico:
        Four impromptu days in New Mexico In July
        Anyone have any info on small town - La Puente, NM?
        Where is the best base location for day trips to Chaco Canyon?
        wut kind of road is I 25

Elk City  (2 answers)

Little Rock  (41 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Arkansas to Northern California
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?

Memphis  (114 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    questions about Memphis:
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids


Where's the best place to stay in Nashville?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Nashville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Gaylord Opryland Resort, which was mentioned 10 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Hermitage Hotel  (2 mentions)
Omni Nashville Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Nashville? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Nashville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Bluebird Cafe, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Opryland Hotel  (4 mentions)
Pancake Pantry  (4 mentions)
Peg Leg Porker BBQ  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Nashville? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Nashville?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
The Parthenon  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Nashville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?  (9 answers)

profile  Cheryl from Edina, Minnesota asked:
Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?  (6 answers)

profile  Mike from Bronx, New York asked:
Top of the line hotels in Nashville?  (5 answers)

profile  nicholas from Indianapolis asked:
What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend  (4 answers)

profile  D from Orland Park asked:
Best Location to Stay  (4 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Nashville to Las Vegas drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Las Vegas to Nashville. Or get a full Las Vegas to Nashville flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Las Vegas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Las Vegas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,827 miles
driving time of 27 hours, 29 minutes
324 Las Vegas travel answers
54 Flagstaff travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
2 Elk City travel answers
41 Little Rock travel answers
114 Memphis travel answers
190 Nashville travel answers





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