16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Birmingham
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Austin
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Durham

2
nights
Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, take in panoramic vistas at Jackson Street Bridge, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Atlanta trip planning app .

Durham to Atlanta is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Food Tours
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

1
night
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, engage your brain at McWane Science Center, then take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Birmingham vacation planning website .

Getting from Atlanta to Birmingham by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Birmingham. In December, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ©
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Vulcan Park and Museum ©
Vulcan Park and Museum

4
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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and meet the residents at Audubon Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip maker .

Traveling by car from Birmingham to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Birmingham in December, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

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 29th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park, admire the masterpieces at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, then take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to The Heights Theater.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip planner .

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 December, expect nights in Houston to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

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

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, nightlife, fun & games, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, steep yourself in history at The Driskill, and snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Houston to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in December, Austin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©

2
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and then admire all the interesting features of AT&T Stadium.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dallas trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Austin to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in January: highs in Dallas hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, AT&T Stadium
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