18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Natchez
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
6
Atlanta
— 2 nights
7
Nashville
— 2 nights
8
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rome

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church and then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chicago road trip app .

Rome, Italy to Chicago is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Chicago is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Baha'i House of Worship
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Independence Grove Forest Preserve ©
Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, identify plant and animal life at World Bird Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Transportation, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the striking features of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Saint Louis attractions planner.

Fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

World Bird Sanctuary, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Sachs Butterfly House ©
Sachs Butterfly House
World Bird Sanctuary ©
World Bird Sanctuary

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.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, then let the kids burn off some steam at Overton Park, then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis holiday maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Saint Louis to Memphis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Memphis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Memphis

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Overton Park ©
Overton Park
St. Peter Catholic Church ©
St. Peter Catholic Church
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©

3
nights
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center and Old Capitol Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Frogmore Plantation and Clark Creek Natural Area. Get out of town with these interesting Natchez side-trips: Vicksburg (The Old Depot Museum, Old Court House Museum - Eva W. Davis Memorial, & more), Alexandria Zoological Park (in Alexandria) and Mississippi State Capitol (in Jackson). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Natchez National Cemetery, do a tasting at Old South Winery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Presbyterian Church.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Natchez attractions planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Natchez in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vicksburg, Jackson, Alexandria Zoological Park, Clark Creek Natural Area, Frogmore Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Frogmore Plantation ©
Frogmore Plantation
Clark Creek Natural Area ©
Clark Creek Natural Area

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip planner.

You can drive from Natchez to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Natchez in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 1st (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Sope Creek Trail, stroll through Big Creek Greenway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Panola Mountain State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Arabia Mountain, and then stop by Buford Highway Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Atlanta travel route planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Atlanta by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to Atlanta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you will find days in Atlanta are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Creek Greenway, Buford Highway Farmers Market, Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain State Park, Sope Creek Trail
Highlights from your plan
Arabia Mountain ©
Arabia Mountain
Panola Mountain State Park ©
Panola Mountain State Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park. On the next day, get answers to all your questions at Stones River National Battlefield, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, and then examine the collection at The George Jones.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip planning website .

You can fly from Atlanta to Nashville in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in September, Nashville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield

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nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 5th (Thu), wander the streets of Old Louisville, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then explore the fascinating underground world of Marengo Cave. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, identify plant and animal life at Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, and then admire the majestic nature at My Old Kentucky Home.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Louisville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Louisville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, Marengo Cave, My Old Kentucky Home
Highlights from your plan
Marengo Cave ©
Marengo Cave
My Old Kentucky Home ©
My Old Kentucky Home

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