19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Drive:  7 h
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 h 30 min
2
Houston
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
3
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Chicago

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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, and look for gifts at Smith Creek Moonshine.

Plan trip to Nashville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Houston.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens ©
Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

8
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Houston: Brazos Valley African American Museum (in Bryan), George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station) and Galveston (The Strand, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lakewood Church, and tee off at Hermann Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Houston tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nashville to Houston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Houston, with lows around 77°F. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Galveston, Brazos Valley African American Museum, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Navasota Blues Alley
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Lost Mine Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, and then hike along S Rim Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and then take in breathtaking views at Santa Elena Canyon.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Big Bend National Park trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Houston to Big Bend National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Big Bend National Park can reach 99°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 2nd (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Washburn, and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Big Bend National Park to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in August, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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