12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Austin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Bingham Waggoner Estate. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, then admire the local landmark of J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City travel itinerary planner.

Houston to Kansas City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, Kansas City is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Shatto Dairy, Holladay Distillery
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Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Memphis online road trip planner .

Fly from Kansas City to Memphis in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kansas City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally don't miss a visit to New Orleans Musical Legends Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder app .

Drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Memphis in October, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
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The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans

1
night
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 1st (Fri), examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, then gain insight at Rice University Campus, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, then browse the exhibits of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Houston online road trip planner .

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you will find days in Houston are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Longhorn Cavern State Park, ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Austin online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Houston to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Longhorn Cavern State Park, St. Mary's Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Food Tours

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