10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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Memphis
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Loretto
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Chicago
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Keystone
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Hot Springs
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Memphis — 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
On the 1st (Fri), steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then see the interesting displays at Graceland, and then look for gifts at Memphis Music. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planning website.

Denham Springs to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. While traveling from Denham Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Loretto.
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Loretto — 1 night

Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lincoln Legacy Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Lincoln Homestead State Park, and then cruise along Bluegrass Pkwy.

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You can drive from Memphis to Loretto in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Loretto. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Memphis in October, with highs in Loretto at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Chicago.
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 4th (Mon), meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Getting from Loretto to Chicago by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Loretto to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Keystone.
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Keystone — 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 6th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then stroll through Presidential Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone road trip tool.

Fly from Chicago to Keystone in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Keystone to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Garland County Library, admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, shop like a local with Dapper & Debonaire, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Hot Springs takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Hot Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Keystone in October, expect Hot Springs to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 15°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
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