22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Saint Louis
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lakefront Trail and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Baha'i House of Worship. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). The adventure continues: ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain and admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Park Conservatory.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago online journey maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Chicago is minus 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Newport.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Indiana Dunes State Park, Geneva Lake Shore Path, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Baha'i House of Worship, South Haven Lighthouses
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Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): let the kids burn off some steam at George Rogers Clark Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get outside with EarthJOY Tree Adventures, then snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and then browse the different shops at Newport on the Levee.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to Newport by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. August in Newport sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Newport

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Covington, EarthJOY Tree Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Newport on the Levee ©
Newport on the Levee
EarthJOY Tree Adventures ©
EarthJOY Tree Adventures
Garden of Hope ©
Garden of Hope

2
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Cincinnati Premium Outlets and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cincinnati Nature Center.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cincinnati travel itinerary planner .

Cincinnati is just a stone's throw from Newport. In August in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cincinnati Premium Outlets, Cincinnati Nature Center
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Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati Premium Outlets ©
Cincinnati Premium Outlets
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©

1
night
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, then sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and then hike along Legacy Trail. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of McConnell Springs and then stroll the grounds of Lexington Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lexington road trip planning website .

Drive from Cincinnati to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Lexington, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lexington Cemetery ©
Lexington Cemetery
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary ©
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
McConnell Springs ©
McConnell Springs

3
nights
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 3rd (Tue), look for gifts at Hatch Show Print, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Stones River National Battlefield, steep yourself in history at Cannonsburgh Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church, and finally admire all the interesting features of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Lexington to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Nashville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Murfreesboro, McGavock Confederate Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
McGavock Confederate Cemetery ©
McGavock Confederate Cemetery
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

3
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.
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Elmwood Cemetery and Crystal Shrine Grotto. When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge in Stanton, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and look for gifts at A. Schwab.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Mark Twain State Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Mark Twain State Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Memphis to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint Louis when traveling from Memphis in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mark Twain State Park, World Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
World Bird Sanctuary ©
World Bird Sanctuary
Mark Twain State Park ©
Mark Twain State Park
Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier ©

1
night
Chicago

Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Saint Louis in September, plan for slightly colder days in Chicago, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chicago

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cloud Gate ©
Cloud Gate

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