19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h
1
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Birmingham
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and French Quarter will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National WWII Museum and Garden District. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Whitney Plantation (in Edgard), Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Royal Street, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, make a trip to Jackson Square, and explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans online holiday planner .

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to New Orleans, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

1
night
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Civil Rights District, examine the collection at Southern Museum of Flight, then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shop, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlet Shops of Grand River.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Birmingham takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Birmingham, with highs around 37°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Birmingham

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Leeds
Highlights from your plan
The Outlet Shops of Grand River ©
The Outlet Shops of Grand River
Southern Museum of Flight ©
Southern Museum of Flight
Civil Rights District ©
Civil Rights District

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.
Get outdoors at Cummins Falls State Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Lane Motor Museum and The George Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: T.B. Sutton General Store (in Granville), George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Hatch Show Print, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nashville travel route website .

You can drive from Birmingham to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

T.B. Sutton General Store, Lotz House Museum, George Dickel Distillery, Stones River National Battlefield, Cummins Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Pink Palace Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Southland Park Gaming and Racing and Mud Island River Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Oxford (Rowan Oak & Square Books) and Gold Strike Casino (in Tunica). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, look for gifts at A. Schwab, admire all the interesting features of AutoZone Park, and get engrossed in the history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Oxford, Gold Strike Casino, Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Graceland ©
Graceland
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Soulard Farmers Market, look for gifts at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard, then get engrossed in the history at Missouri Civil War Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and finally examine the collection at City Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of St. Louis Union Station, take an in-depth tour of Missouri History Museum, then stroll through Saint Louis Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis road trip planning site .

You can drive from Memphis to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint Louis when traveling from Memphis in August, with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sachs Butterfly House, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Civil War Museum ©
Missouri Civil War Museum

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Magnificent Mile and Museum of Science and Industry. Take a break from the city and head to Silver Beach County Park and Lake Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva), Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip planning website .

You can fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Starved Rock State Park, Lake Michigan, Geneva Lake Shore Path, Grand Mere State Park, Silver Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

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