16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Natchez
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Osage Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
Lake Ozark
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery and then examine the collection at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Stones River National Battlefield, then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip itinerary planning website .

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in August, you will find days in Nashville are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Loretta Lynn's Ranch ©
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach ©
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Holmes Medical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alligator Alley, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Orange Beach trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nashville to Orange Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Orange Beach when traveling from Nashville in August, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Alligator Alley, Holmes Medical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alligator Alley ©
Alligator Alley
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
The National WWII Museum and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at French Quarter and Jackson Square. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans tour planner .

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orange Beach in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

2
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mike the Tiger Habitat, contemplate the long history of Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish, and finally examine the collection at Angola Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Old Governor's Mansion, then examine the collection at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, and then identify plant and animal life at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge attractions planner.

You can take a bus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Baton Rouge, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Francisville, LSP Museum
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat

2
nights
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, then stroll the grounds of Natchez National Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of First Presbyterian Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Natchez trip tool .

Getting from Baton Rouge to Natchez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osage Beach.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Stanton Hall ©
Stanton Hall
Natchez National Cemetery ©
Natchez National Cemetery
First Presbyterian Church ©
First Presbyterian Church

1
night
Osage Beach

Osage Beach ©
Osage Beach is a city in Camden and Miller counties in the U.S. On the 23rd (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osage Beach travel route builder website .

Getting from Natchez to Osage Beach by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Natchez in August since evenings lows in Osage Beach dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lake Ozark.

Things to do in Osage Beach

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fort Leonard Wood, Camdenton
Highlights from your plan
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Bridal Cave ©
Bridal Cave
US Army Engineer Museum ©
US Army Engineer Museum

3
nights
Lake Ozark

Lake Ozark ©
Lake Ozark is a city in Camden and Miller counties in the U.S. On the 25th (Sat), get all the information you need at Lost Valley Hatchery, then explore the activities along Truman Lake, then stop by Dogpatch Store, and finally stop by Grandma's Candy Kitchen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, examine the collection at Auto World Car Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Missouri State Penitentiary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lake Ozark road trip website .

Lake Ozark is just a short distance from Osage Beach. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Ozark

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Warsaw, Auto World Car Museum, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Missouri State Penitentiary, Lake of the Ozarks
Highlights from your plan
Missouri State Penitentiary ©
Missouri State Penitentiary
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site ©
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
Auto World Car Museum ©
Auto World Car Museum

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