21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Starved Rock State Park and Silver Beach County Park. The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chicago online itinerary maker .

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Chicago reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Starved Rock State Park, Grand Mere State Park, Silver Beach County Park
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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

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Explore hidden gems such as Missouri Botanical Garden and Busch Stadium. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Saint Louis Art Museum. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Grant's Farm, examine the collection at St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, look for gifts at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard, and appreciate the history behind Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Charles Historic District
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Art Museum ©
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The National WWII Museum and French Quarter. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Alley Plantation and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site in Vacherie, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and don't miss a visit to Jackson Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans travel route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Vacherie, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Corvette Museum and Lotz House Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belle Meade Plantation and Carnton. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Sumner Crest Winery (in Portland) and Carter House (in Franklin). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, work some fitness into your day at Centennial Park, wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner .

Fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in July: highs in Nashville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, National Corvette Museum, Sumner Crest WInery
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

4
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Get some cultural insight at Wheels Through Time Transportation and Pincu Pottery. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. Step out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an excursion to Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryson City, Zipline, Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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