12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Zurich

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Starved Rock State Park and Silver Beach County Park. Family-friendly places like Stade's Farm and Market and Six Flags Great America will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Reddick Mansion and Gardens (in Ottawa) and Whirlpool Compass Fountain (in Saint Joseph). There's more to do: admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Chicago is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chicago, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Reddick Mansion and Gardens, Starved Rock State Park, Six Flags Great America, Stade's Farm and Market
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Six Flags Great America ©
Six Flags Great America
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, then contemplate the long history of Lincolns New Salem State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Lincolns New Salem State Park
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincolns New Salem State Park ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park
Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Explore hidden gems such as Grant's Farm and Six Flags St Louis. Visit St. Charles Historic District and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site for their historical value. The adventure continues: have fun and explore at The Magic House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and engage your brain at Saint Louis Science Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online vacation maker .

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Six Flags St Louis, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, St. Charles Historic District
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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Hampson Museum State Park, see the interesting displays at Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, and then get engrossed in the history at Mud Island. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then learn more about the world around you at Pink Palace Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Saint Louis to Memphis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
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