27 days in Texas, Tennessee & Indianapolis Itinerary

27 days in Texas, Tennessee & Indianapolis Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Austin
— 4 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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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.
Family-friendly places like Zilker Metropolitan Park and Bullock Texas State History Museum will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center, and deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Austin tour itinerary builder.

Lagos, Nigeria to Austin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Lagos in December, things will get cooler in Austin: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Fredericksburg

— 3 nights

Fritztown

The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
On the 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Pioneer Museum, make a trip to Main Street, experience rural life at Wildseed Farms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, and finally learn about winemaking at Narrow Path Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Agave Gallery Fine Art, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and finally delve into the mystery of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg journey planning website.

Drive from Austin to Fredericksburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Fredericksburg. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The San Antonio River Walk and SeaWorld. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Alamo, get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, and admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio visit planner.

Getting from Fredericksburg to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fredericksburg in December: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Dallas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Dallas

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then make a trip to Grassy Knoll. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Dallas World Aquarium, then examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then pause for some photo ops at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Dallas driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in December, with highs in Dallas at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Memphis.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Family-friendly places like Graceland and Sun Studio will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, learn more about the world around you at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and see the interesting displays at Sharpe Planetarium.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Memphis planner.

You can fly from Dallas to Memphis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Memphis, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then admire the striking features of Nashville Parthenon.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville road trip planning site.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Pigeon Forge

— 5 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, find something for the whole family at Rowdy Bear Mountain, and take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge travel route planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at The Eiteljorg Museum, then see the interesting displays at Indiana State Museum, then make a trip to Central Canal, and finally look for gifts at Rocket Fizz.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip planning app.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Indianapolis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in January, expect Indianapolis to be a bit cooler, temps between 2°C and -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Shopping

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.