16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nice
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Thibodaux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Jackson
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Nice

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 5th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Houston trip itinerary planning site .

Paris, France to Houston is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to Houston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beaumont.

Things to do in Houston

Nature Parks
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Water Wall ©
Water Wall

1
night
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Martin.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lafayette day trip planning app .

You can drive from Beaumont to Lafayette in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Thibodaux.

Things to do in Lafayette

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lake Martin
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Vermilionville ©
Vermilionville
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©

1
night
Thibodaux

Thibodaux ©
Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Thibodaux online holiday planner .

Getting from Lafayette to Thibodaux by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New Orleans.

Things to do in Thibodaux

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oak Alley Plantation
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Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation

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.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Thibodaux to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Thibodaux in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Jackson.

Things to do in New Orleans

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

1
night
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Lemuria Books, then explore the engaging exhibits at Mississippi Children's Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Mississippi State Capitol.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jackson trip maker website .

Drive from New Orleans to Jackson in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Mississippi Children's Museum ©
Mississippi Children's Museum
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science ©
Mississippi State Capitol ©
Mississippi State Capitol

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Graceland, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and finally stop by Memphis Music.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis holiday planner .

You can drive from Jackson to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
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.
For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville online trip maker .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife Outdoors Parks

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Louisville journey tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
The Big Four Bridge ©
The Big Four Bridge

1
night
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 14th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then join the crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then explore and take pictures at Victory Field, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Circle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Indianapolis Zoo, don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Outdoors Nightlife

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, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip builder .

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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