17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Ames
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
2
Dallas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Waco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Brownsville
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
6
Galveston
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Memphis
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Cedar Rapids

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kansas City trip builder.

Ames to Kansas City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Ames in June, Kansas City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks Museums Nightlife

1
night
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.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dallas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Dallas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Dallas: highs are around 94°F and lows about 75°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Waco.

Things to do in Dallas

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum and then stop by Gourmet Gallery. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Fort Parker, have fun at H5 Tactical, and then examine the collection at Bell County Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Waco travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Dallas to Waco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and flight. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in June, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, Bell County Museum, Old Fort Parker
Highlights from your plan
Bell County Museum ©
Bell County Museum
Old Fort Parker ©
Old Fort Parker
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum ©
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the next day, get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlet San Marcos, then see a world frozen in time at Gruene Historic District, and then contemplate the long history of King William Historic District.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Waco to San Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brownsville.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gruene Historic District, Tanger Outlets San Marcos
Highlights from your plan
Gruene Historic District ©
Gruene Historic District
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum
San Antonio Fire Museum ©
San Antonio Fire Museum

3
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): revel in the low prices at Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets and then examine the collection at Freddy Fender Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, then meet the residents at Gladys Porter Zoo, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brownsville trip planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Brownsville in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Brownsville

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Freddy Fender Museum, Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets ©
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art ©
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo

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nights
Galveston

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Galveston Railroad Museum, then stop by Murdochs, then get engrossed in the history at Lone Star Flight Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ashton Villa. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of East End Historic District, contemplate the long history of The Grand 1894 Opera House, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brownsville to Galveston. In July, daytime highs in Galveston are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Lone Star Flight Museum ©
Lone Star Flight Museum
Grand 1894 Opera House ©
Grand 1894 Opera House
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laura Plantation and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Oak Alley Plantation and Mardi Gras World are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, stop by Cigar Factory New Orleans, browse the eclectic array of goods at French Market, and examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans custom trip planner.

Getting from Galveston to New Orleans by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in New Orleans sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Vacherie
Highlights from your plan

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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.
On the 9th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Mud Island River Park and then look for gifts at A. Schwab.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Memphis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mud Island ©
Mud Island
A. Schwab ©
A. Schwab

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night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Drury Inn St. Louis At Union Station, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Missouri Civil War Museum, and finally look for gifts at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Saint Louis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Missouri Civil War Museum ©
Missouri Civil War Museum
Ted Drew's Frozen Custard ©
Ted Drew's Frozen Custard

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