23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive
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Biloxi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hattiesburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Jackson
— 1 night
Drive
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Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bowling Green
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 1 night
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 2 nights

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Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Magnificent Mile and The Glass Gallery. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Rosewood Beach in Highland Park, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, examine the collection at Swedish American Museum, stroll around Millennium Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Gary Chicago International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · 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.
Do your shopping at Royal Street and Faulkner House Books. Appreciate the collections at The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, take a stroll through Garden District, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Orleans online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in New Orleans. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Biloxi.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Biloxi

— 2 nights

Playground of the South

A busy city on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is one of the nation's oldest communities, first settled by Europeans in 1699.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Fort Morgan Historic Site, view the masterpieces at Coastal Magpie, and then kick back and relax at Biloxi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Beauvoir, then examine the collection at Mobile Carnival Museum, and then learn about all things military at The Fort of Colonial Mobile.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Biloxi online journey planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Biloxi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Biloxi to be slightly colder, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hattiesburg.

Things to do in Biloxi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hattiesburg

— 1 night
Hattiesburg is a city in the U.S. state of Mississippi, primarily in Forrest County (where it is the county seat) and extending west into Lamar County. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Paul B. Johnson State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Hattiesburg trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Biloxi to Hattiesburg takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Hattiesburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Jackson

— 1 night
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Mississippi Crafts Center, get some fabulous bargains at Outlets of Mississippi, and then examine the collection at International Museum of Muslim Cultures.

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

Traveling by car from Hattiesburg to Jackson takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Jackson can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Shopping · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Memphis day trip planning app.

Drive from Jackson to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Memphis sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Jackson

— 1 night
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Jackson, with lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Nashville on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Jackson

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 2 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.
Visit Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage for their historical value. Gallery 202 and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Country View Market (in Charlotte) and David Arms Gallery (in Franklin). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, browse the different shops at Opry Mills, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 1 night
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Jackson's Orchard & Nursery.

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You can drive from Nashville to Bowling Green in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Shopping · Historic Sites

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Shopping

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 28th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Milwaukee Public Market, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Josaphat, then examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Atwater Park & Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee day trip tool.

Fly from Indianapolis to Milwaukee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Milwaukee due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Indianapolis in August: highs in Milwaukee hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

On the 29th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium. On your second day here, see where the action happens at Wrigley Field, then view the masterpieces at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, then steep yourself in history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.