12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive
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Elmhurst
— 1 night
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
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Fort Lauderdale
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jackson
— 1 night
Fly

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Elmhurst

Elmhurst is a city mostly in DuPage County and overlapping into Cook County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): learn about all things military at First Division Museum at Cantigny, then walk around Lilacia Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Elmhurst trip itinerary builder website.

Chicago to Elmhurst is an approximately half hour car ride. December in Elmhurst sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 23°F at night. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Elmhurst

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
nights
Fort Lauderdale

Venice of America

Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Kids will appreciate attractions like South Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Lauderdale side-trips: Cypress Outdoor Adventures (in Everglades Wildlife Management Area), Everglades National Park (Osceola panthers & Shark Valley Visitor Center) and Miami Beach (Art Deco Historic District & Lincoln Road). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, find something for the whole family at Cubo Escape Rooms, and have fun at Lock & Load Miami.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fort Lauderdale road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elmhurst to Fort Lauderdale. The time zone difference when traveling from Elmhurst to Fort Lauderdale is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Elmhurst in December: high temperatures in Fort Lauderdale hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

4
nights
New Orleans

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Bring the kids along to The National WWII Museum and New Orleans City Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans road trip planning site.

You can fly from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, you will find days in New Orleans are cooler (57°F), and nights are little chillier (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

1
night
Jackson

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. On the 5th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Old Capitol Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, then have fun and explore at Mississippi Children's Museum, and finally stroll around Winner's Circle Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson trip planning website.

You can drive from New Orleans to Jackson in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from New Orleans in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Jackson, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

Louisiana travel guide

4.1
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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.