12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Houston
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
2
Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Atlanta
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Make your Houston itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

San Francisco to Houston is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Houston due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
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Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

1
night
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, appreciate the extensive heritage of Acadian Village, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vermilionville, and finally explore the activities along Lake Martin.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lafayette online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Houston to Lafayette takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Martin
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Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Acadian Village ©
Acadian Village

1
night
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 10th (Sat), learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans route app .

You can drive from Lafayette to New Orleans in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Lafayette in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

2
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Vicksburg Riverfront Murals, then witness the site of a historic battle at Vicksburg National Military Park, then admire the striking features of Old Capitol Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Mississippi Children's Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Old Courthouse, then take an in-depth tour of U.S.S. Cairo Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Vicksburg National Cemetery, and finally appreciate the history behind Texas Monument.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jackson travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Jackson in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson, with highs around 92°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vicksburg
Highlights from your plan
Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Mississippi Children's Museum ©
Mississippi Children's Museum

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then explore and take pictures at AutoZone Park, then explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip app .

Traveling by car from Jackson to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Memphis, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
AutoZone Park ©
AutoZone Park

2
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown). On the next day, admire the striking features of Fontanel Mansion and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Ocoee, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

1
night
Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Atlanta trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Atlanta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta ©

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