20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Waco
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
7
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  30​h
End: Perth

2
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 9th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Painting with a Twist, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Parker State Park, then examine the collection at Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bare Arms Brewing. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Czech Heritage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, then examine the collection at Bell County Museum, then do a tasting at Kissing Tree Vineyards, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Balcones Distilling.

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Perth, Australia to Waco is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Perth to Waco. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in October; daily highs in Waco reach 34°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Temple, Fort Parker State Park, Kissing Tree Vineyards, Bell County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Texas Sports Hall of Fame ©
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Fort Parker State Park ©
Fort Parker State Park
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum ©
Temple Railroad & Heritage 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Garden District and then examine the collection at Whitney Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Waco to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Waco in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville tour itinerary planning tool .

Fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in October, expect nights in Nashville to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Franklin, Arrington Vineyards, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield

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 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, and then try your luck at Gold Strike Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Mud Island, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, admire the landmark architecture of The Orpheum Theatre, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherokee Valley Golf Club, Old Millington Vineyard and Winery, Gold Strike Casino
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
The Orpheum Theatre ©
The Orpheum Theatre

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 19th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then wander the streets of The Loop.

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You can fly from Memphis to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Memphis in October, with highs in Chicago at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Riverwalk Lot
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Riverwalk Lot ©
Riverwalk Lot
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

2
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 21st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens, then explore the galleries of Indianapolis Museum of Art, and then get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then do a tasting at Mallow Run Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Indianapolis trip planning site .

You can drive from Chicago to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Mallow Run Winery
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Museum of Art ©
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Institution Building, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Antietam National Battlefield.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip planner .

Getting from Indianapolis to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Indianapolis in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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