12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Bus:  3​h
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Budapest

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 12th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, then find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Houston.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Houston road trip planning site .

San Antonio to Houston is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Houston are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

The Seawall, Kemah Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to French Quarter, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Houston to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Houston in August, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, then stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rapid City online sightseeing planner .

Fly from New Orleans to Rapid City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Rapid City, with lows of 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Sylvan Lake
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and stroll around Millennium Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chicago tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rapid City to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Rapid City in August, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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