26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
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Wichita Falls
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 3 nights
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Little Rock
— 2 nights
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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 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then see a show at The Orpheum Theatre, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at The Children's Museum of Memphis, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, then stop by Lansky, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Memphis driving holiday website.

Madisonville to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madisonville in January: highs in Memphis hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Childrens Museums

Houston

— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Moody Mansion and Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to East Beach and Memorial Park. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Galveston (The Galveston Children's Museum & Old City Cemetery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Funeral History, admire the masterpieces at Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, and walk around McGovern Centennial Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Houston travel planner.

Getting from Memphis to Houston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Memphis in January, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 3 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Let the collections at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and Texas Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Padre Island National Seashore and Texas Sealife Center will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corpus Christi: Port Aransas (Port Aransas Beach & Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center) and Goose Island State Park (in Rockport). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Corpus Christi travel planner.

You can fly from Houston to Corpus Christi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Corpus Christi can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mission San Jose and Gruene Historic District. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Alamo and Mission Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Barn Pottery in New Braunfels (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District, and browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to San Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Corpus Christi in January since evenings lows in San Antonio dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inner Space Cavern and Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Family-friendly places like Longhorn Cavern State Park and The Driskill will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Thinkery, see the interesting displays at Sfanthor! House of Wax, and get great views at Mount Bonnell.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Big Bend National Park

— 1 night
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, then trek along Lost Mine Trail, and then hike along Ernst Tinaja Trail. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Pine Canyon Trail and then contemplate the long history of Hot Springs Historic District.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Austin to Big Bend National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daytime highs in Big Bend National Park are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

— 1 night
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
On the 21st (Thu), stroll through Pinery Trail, then steep yourself in history at Frijole Ranch, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip website.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Big Bend National Park in January, with highs in Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 51°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

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You can drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Wichita Falls.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature

Wichita Falls

— 1 night
Wichita Falls is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by The Pecan Shed, then explore the world behind art at The Kemp Center for the Arts, then hike along Holliday Creek Trails, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Dr. White's Sanitorium - Old Insane Asylum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wichita Falls online route planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Wichita Falls in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Wichita Falls due to the time zone difference. January in Wichita Falls sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Wichita Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Dallas

— 3 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Step out of the city life by going to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and TopGolf The Colony. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Top O'Hill Terrace and Meadows Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Red Museum, explore the world behind art at Nasher Sculpture Center, see the interesting displays at Frontiers of Flight Museum, and appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dallas trip builder website.

You can drive from Wichita Falls to Dallas in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Wichita Falls in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 37°F in Dallas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Little Rock.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Little Rock

— 2 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mount Holly Cemetery, enjoy some music at Arkansas Arts Center, see the interesting displays at Heifer Village (Heifer International), then view the masterpieces at The Galleries at Library Square, and finally make a trip to La Petit Roche Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, grab your bike and head to The Arkansas River Trail, and then ponder the world of politics at Old State House Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Little Rock trip planner.

You can fly from Dallas to Little Rock in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in January, expect Little Rock to be slightly colder, temps between 51°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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.