13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
New Orleans
— 2 nights
End: New Orleans

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. Popular historic sites such as Millennium Park and Marquette Building are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

2
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): try your luck at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and then take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis. December in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino ©
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

3
nights
Nashville

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 1st (Wed): browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Nashville. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, stroll through Centennial Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bowie Nature Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nashville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Nashville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Nashville. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Indianapolis in December: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 13°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks. On your second day here, try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, examine the collection at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans tour planner .

Drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Memphis in January: high temperatures in New Orleans hover around 17°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

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