17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  25​h
1
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lake Charles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Houston
— Few hours
Fly:  25​h
End: Adelaide

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.
You've now added Space Center Houston to your itinerary. On the 12th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum Houston, examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and then explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston travel route tool .

Adelaide, Australia to Houston is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Adelaide to Houston due to the time zone difference. In August, Houston is much warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Houston

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston ©
Holocaust Museum Houston
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park

2
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at USS Orleck, try to win big at Coushatta Casino Resort, and then take an in-depth tour of Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Veteran's Memorial Park, explore the world behind art at Stark Museum of Art, then try to win big at L'Auberge Casino Resort, and finally try your luck at Golden Nugget Casino.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Charles travel planning app .

You can drive from Houston to Lake Charles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lake Charles are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Coushatta Casino Resort, Stark Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Coushatta Casino Resort ©
Coushatta Casino Resort
Stark Museum of Art ©
Stark Museum of Art

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes New Orleans School of Cooking. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. French Quarter and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of New Orleans to go to Wallace and see Whitney Plantation, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, tour the pleasant surroundings at New Orleans City Park, make a trip to Jackson Square, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Lake Charles to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lake Charles in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Millennium Park and The Field Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
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 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, then examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then admire the masterpieces at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Memphis planner .

Fly from Chicago to Memphis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in August, with highs in Memphis at 38°C and lows at 26°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

few
hours
Houston

Houston
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You can fly from Memphis to Houston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Houston

Parks Outdoors Nightlife

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