11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  11 h
3
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bartel's Beach (in Lake Mills), Memorial Union Terrace (in Madison) and Road America (in Elkhart Lake). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Bookworm Gardens, look for gifts at Blue Heron Gift Shop, examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum.

Make your Milwaukee itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Chicago to Milwaukee is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Bartel's Beach, Blue Heron Gift Shop, Bookworm Gardens, Memorial Union Terrace, Road America
Highlights from your plan
Bookworm Gardens ©
Bookworm Gardens
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, admire the striking features of The Parthenon, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Milwaukee to Nashville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Milwaukee in July, with highs in Nashville at 90°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

2
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll through S Rim Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, and then hike along Lost Mine Trail. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ernst Tinaja Trail and then see the interesting displays at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nashville to Big Bend National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nashville in July; daily highs in Big Bend National Park reach 99°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit ©
Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 29th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Houston in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Houston are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Seawall
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

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