21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Dallas
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Dallas

— 3 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Crow Collection of Asian Art. Visit Old Red Museum and Log Cabin Village for their historical value. Step out of Dallas with an excursion to Texas Civil War Museum in White Settlement--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Nasher Sculpture Center, examine the collection at Frontiers of Flight Museum, steep yourself in history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, and pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Dallas trip builder.

London, UK to Dallas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Dallas due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Dallas at 39°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Popular historic sites such as Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Battle For Texas: The Experience. Venture out of the city with trips to Hye (Garrison Brothers Distillery & William Chris Vineyards), Johnson City (LBJ Texas White House & Hahne Estates Winery) and San Antonio (San Antonio Fire Museum & Briscoe Western Art Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, get a taste of the local shopping with Rainey Street, and stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner.

You can drive from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Houston.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Houston

— 3 nights

Bayou City

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.
Let the collections at Houston Museum District and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Seawall and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Galveston (East End Historic District & The Strand). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rothko Chapel, see the interesting displays at 1940 Air Terminal Museum, and steep yourself in history at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Houston trip builder app.

Drive from Austin to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Garden District. The National WWII Museum and Whitney Plantation will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny, and pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans trip app.

You can fly from Houston to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 33°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Beale Street, look for gifts at Memphis Music, then browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Memphis day trip tool.

Drive from New Orleans to Memphis in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Nashville

— 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get in touch with nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Onyx Cave. Popular historic sites such as Stones River National Battlefield and Historic Travellers Rest are in your itinerary. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Dinosaur World (in Cave City), Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel (in Tullahoma) and Diamond Caverns (in Park City). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Nashville, don't miss a visit to The District, and learn about winemaking at Lynchburg Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville attractions planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Nashville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.