12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Louisville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Chicago
— 4 nights
Chicago

2
days
Chattanooga

Chattanooga
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Moonpie General Store and then meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium. On your second day here, put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Games | Escape Rooms, Head underground at Ruby Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolidge Park, and finally take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge.

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Chicago to Chattanooga is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: highs in Chattanooga hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

3
days
Nashville

Nashville
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Step out of Nashville to go to Franklin and see Lotz House Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville travel planner

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November in Nashville, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville
Downtown Nashville

2
days
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, then make a trip to Louisville Water Company, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and finally try your luck at Churchill Downs.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Louisville is 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Louisville are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Tours Parks
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

5
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at The Field Museum, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary site

Getting from Louisville to Chicago by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Louisville in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago ©

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