12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savannah
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vacherie
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lafayette
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at American Writers Museum, take an in-depth tour of The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ohio Street Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, then contemplate the long history of Baha'i House of Worship, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rosewood Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago online route planner.

Orlando to Chicago is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Chicago. Traveling from Orlando in September, things will get slightly colder in Chicago: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Washington Park, relax in the rural setting at Apple Barn, then take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, and finally learn about winemaking at Walnut Street Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Air Combat Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, take an in-depth tour of The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, then brush up on your military savvy at Korean War National Museum, and finally stroll around Union Square Park.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Springfield planning tool.

You can drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Springfield sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at American Prohibition Museum and Dolphin Magic. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Savannah Bee Company and Liquid Sands Glass Gallery. Step out of Savannah with an excursion to Tybee Island Museum - Battery Garland in Tybee Island--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, take an in-depth tour of Pin Point Heritage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ghost Coast Distillery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Savannah trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Savannah takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Savannah due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Savannah, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vacherie.

Things to do in Savannah

Wildlife · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie

— 3 nights
Vacherie is a small unincorporated community in St. On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Evergreen Plantation, steep yourself in history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then contemplate the long history of St. Joseph Plantation. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of San Francisco Plantation, examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Destrehan Plantation, and finally surround yourself with nature on Torres Cajun Swamp Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Vacherie trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Savannah to Vacherie in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Savannah to Vacherie is minus 1 hour. In September in Vacherie, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Vacherie

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 2 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Best Stop Supermarket and Church of St Martin de Tours. Let the collections at Conrad Rice Museum and Acadian Memorial capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alexandre Mouton House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Parish Brewing, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Acadiana, and appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lafayette trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Vacherie to Lafayette takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.