16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nashville vacation app .

London, UK to Nashville is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In May, Nashville is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Beer Tastings & Tours
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chimneys Picnic Area and Laurel Falls. When in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, make a side trip to see Fontana General Store in Fontana Dam, approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, admire the striking features of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, trek along Grotto Falls Trail, and stroll through Cades Cove.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. In May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fontana General Store
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail

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 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, look for gifts at Memphis Music, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

3
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 3rd (Mon): wander the streets of Garden District, then don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, then stroll through Woldenberg Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. When traveling from Memphis in June, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, examine the collection at The Field Museum, and laugh and play at Navy Pier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect much colder with lows of 20°C in Chicago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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