23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 3 nights
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
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Elk Grove Village
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​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 South Haven Lighthouses. Get in touch with nature at Indiana Dunes State Park and Silver Beach County Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in South Bend) and Albanese Candy Factory (in Merrillville). It doesn't end there: ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

Make your Chicago itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Haven Lighthouses, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Silver Beach County Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Albanese Candy Factory
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park

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 28th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and then trek along Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, browse for treasures at Exit 76 Antique Mall, and then hike along Monon Trail.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis day trip website .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Monon Trail, Exit 76 Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Cultural Trail ©
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site ©
Exit 76 Antique Mall ©
Exit 76 Antique Mall

2
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jungle Jim's International Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverwalk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cincinnati online journey planner .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Lexington.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Jungle Jim's International Market
Highlights from your plan
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Jungle Jim's International Market ©
Jungle Jim's International Market
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©

3
nights
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): browse the different shops at Fayette Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Old Fort Harrod State Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Barrel House Distillery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lexington driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Lexington takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lexington Cemetery ©
Lexington Cemetery
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate ©
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Old Fort Harrod State Park ©
Old Fort Harrod State Park

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Lotz House Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Radnor Lake State Park and McGavock Confederate Cemetery. When in Nashville, make a side trip to see Diamond Caverns in Park City, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church, and look for gifts at Hatch Show Print.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin, Diamond Caverns
Highlights from your plan
McGavock Confederate Cemetery ©
McGavock Confederate Cemetery
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and Elmwood Cemetery. Rowan Oak and The Peabody Ducks will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, make a trip to Beale Street, stop by A. Schwab, and deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nashville in September since evenings lows in Memphis dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rowan Oak
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Rowan Oak ©
Rowan Oak
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery

3
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
Elk Grove Village

Elk Grove Village ©
Elk Grove Village is a village located in northeastern Illinois adjacent to O'Hare International Airport and is a near northwest suburb, touching the city of Chicago. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Steeple Chase as well as Oak Grove Golf Course. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tee off at Oak Grove Golf Course, tee off at Steeple Chase, then look for gifts at Fisher Nuts Store, then delve into the lush surroundings at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Busse Woods Trail System. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Volo Bog State Natural Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosewood Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Elk Grove Village trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saint Louis to Elk Grove Village. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect nights in Elk Grove Village to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Elk Grove Village

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Volo Bog State Natural Area, Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Oak Grove Golf Course, Fisher Nuts Store, Steeple Chase
Highlights from your plan
Deer Grove Forest Preserve ©
Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Volo Bog State Natural Area ©
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oak Grove Golf Course ©
Oak Grove Golf Course

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