10 days in United States

10 days in United States

Maegan Sonnier

Make it your trip
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Lake Charles
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
Drive
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Williamstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Charles

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Lake Charles

Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Charles planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Lake Charles. In December, daily temperatures in Lake Charles can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Lake Charles to Nashville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lake Charles in December, things will get slightly colder in Nashville: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. You will leave for Mammoth Cave National Park on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Museums · Nightlife

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Williamstown.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Williamstown

— 2 nights
Williamstown is a home-rule-class city in Grant and Pendleton counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. On the 13th (Mon), examine the collection at Ark Encounter.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Williamstown online day trip planner.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Williamstown by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Williamstown. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Williamstown

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Williamstown to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Williamstown to Saint Louis. In December in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Branson

— 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, awaken your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Branson trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Branson, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Hot Springs

— 1 night

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 18th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Branson to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Branson in December, expect Hot Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 55°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Lake Charles

Plan trip to Lake Charles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Hot Springs to Lake Charles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in December, with highs in Lake Charles at 64°F and lows at 46°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Lake Charles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.