25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lake Charles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mary's Church High Hill and Radha Madhav Dham. Visiting Wild Basin Preserve and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: St. Mary's Church of the Assumption (in Schulenburg), Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site (in La Grange) and Hye (Hye Meadow Winery & Calais Winery). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel Dulcinea, examine the collection at Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, take an in-depth tour of Neill-Cochran House Museum, and steep yourself in history at Rainey Street Historic District.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Austin road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Austin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Austin, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in May, plan for much hotter days in Austin, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Schulenburg, Hye, St. William Catholic Church, Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site, Hawk's Shadow Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Hye Meadow Winery ©
Hye Meadow Winery
St. Mary's Church High Hill ©
St. Mary's Church High Hill

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and St Joseph Catholic Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Becker Vineyards (Winery) and The Guenther House Museum. Take a break from San Antonio with a short trip to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site in Stonewall, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Battle For Texas: The Experience, steep yourself in history at Steves Homestead, and see the interesting displays at San Antonio Fire Museum.

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You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stonewall, Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©
Becker Vineyards (Winery) ©
Becker Vineyards (Winery)

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): wander the streets of Theater District, brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, examine the collection at Asia Society Texas Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Sam Houston Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Houston attractions planner .

Getting from San Antonio to Houston by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. May in Houston sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum ©
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Theater District ©
Theater District

2
nights
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery, trek along Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, then examine the collection at Children's Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Charpentier Historic District. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Orleck, walk around Veteran's Memorial Park, then walk around Bord Du Lac Park, and finally stroll around Millennium Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Charles trip planning tool .

You can drive from Houston to Lake Charles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lake Charles, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Bayou Rum Distillery, Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point
Highlights from your plan
Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point ©
Bayou Rum Distillery ©
Bayou Rum Distillery
Charpentier Historic District ©
Charpentier Historic District

4
nights
New Orleans

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 historical perspective at Evergreen Plantation and Old Ursuline Convent Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake End Park and Global Wildlife Center. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at NOLA Tropical Winery, steep yourself in history at Beauregard-Keyes House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Augustine Church, and take an in-depth tour of Gallier House.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Lake Charles to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Lake Charles in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Global Wildlife Center, Evergreen Plantation, Lake End Park
Highlights from your plan
Evergreen Plantation ©
Evergreen Plantation
Lake End Park ©
Lake End Park
Global Wildlife Center ©
Global Wildlife Center

2
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
On the 15th (Fri), stroll around Red Mountain Park, grab your bike and head to Rotary Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Civil Rights District. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Negro Southern League Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, then examine the collection at Southern Museum of Flight, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St. Paul.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Birmingham sightseeing planning app .

Drive from New Orleans to Birmingham in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or fly. Traveling from New Orleans in May, you will find days in Birmingham are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Red Mountain Park ©
Red Mountain Park
The Cathedral of St. Paul ©
The Cathedral of St. Paul
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve ©
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Elmwood Cemetery and Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, examine the collection at Metal Museum, and admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Memphis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Orpheum Theatre ©
The Orpheum Theatre

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.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and The District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Stones River National Battlefield and Belmont Mansion are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Stones River National Cemetery (in Murfreesboro) and Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park, examine the collection at : Gallery of Iconic Guitars, appreciate the history behind Athena Statue, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nashville route builder website .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Murfreesboro, Arrington Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Arrington Vineyards ©
Arrington Vineyards
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

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