25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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Austin
— 4 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Houston
— 1 night
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Lake Charles
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Birmingham
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mary's Church High Hill and Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Site. Popular historic sites such as St. Mary's Church of the Assumption and Chapel Dulcinea are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Austin: Hawk's Shadow Winery (in Dripping Springs) and Hye (Hye Meadow Winery & Calais Winery). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Radha Madhav Dham, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. William Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Rainey Street Historic District, and do a tasting at The Austin Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Austin visit planning app.

London, UK to Austin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. 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 and a bit warmer nights in Austin: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Visit St Joseph Catholic Church and Steves Homestead for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Becker Vineyards (Winery) and Battle For Texas: The Experience. When in San Antonio, make a side trip to see Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site in Stonewall, approximately Stonewall away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, stop by The History Shop, and examine the collection at San Antonio Fire Museum.

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Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Houston

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a stroll through Theater District, then brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, see the interesting displays at Asia Society Texas Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Sam Houston Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from San Antonio to Houston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Charles

— 2 nights
Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Bayou Rum Distillery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, then examine the collection at Children's Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Charpentier Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Orleck Naval Museum, walk around Veteran's Memorial Park, then walk around Bord Du Lac Park, and finally walk around Millennium Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lake Charles tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Houston to Lake Charles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Houston in May, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Lake Charles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Evergreen Plantation and St. Augustine Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hermann-Grima House and NOLA Tropical Winery. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Lake End Park (in Morgan City) and Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Beauregard-Keyes House, explore the galleries of Gallier House, see the interesting displays at 1850 House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Ursuline Convent Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Orleans route maker.

Drive from Lake Charles to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Lake Charles in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Birmingham.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Birmingham

— 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Red Mountain Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Civil Rights District. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Negro Southern League Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Ruffner Mountain, then see the interesting displays at Southern Museum of Flight, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St. Paul.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Birmingham road trip planning website.

You can fly from New Orleans to Birmingham in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Birmingham, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Memphis

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Elmwood Cemetery and Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Dixon Gallery & Gardens and AutoZone Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, see the interesting displays at Metal Museum, have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis, and try to win big at Southland Casino Racing.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Memphis planning app.

You can drive from Birmingham to Memphis in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stones River National Battlefield and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Visiting Radnor Lake State Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and Stones River National Cemetery (in Murfreesboro). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The District, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, steep yourself in history at Belmont Mansion, and appreciate the history behind Athena Statue.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville online holiday planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.