27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner
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Chicago
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Springfield
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Vicksburg
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Mobile
— 2 nights
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Montgomery
— 2 nights
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Birmingham
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
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Nashville
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Louisville
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Chicago
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and then don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago holiday planner.

Madrid, Spain to Chicago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In September in Chicago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Springfield.
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Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Springfield — 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, then steep yourself in history at Lincolns New Salem State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Chicago to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint Louis.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Saint Louis — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, walk around Forest Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis vacation planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Memphis.
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Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 16th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Graceland, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Memphis road trip app.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Memphis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Memphis. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vicksburg.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Vicksburg — 2 nights

Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vicksburg: Natchez (Stanton Hall & Longwood). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of U.S.S. Cairo Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vicksburg National Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Vicksburg Riverfront Murals, and witness the site of a historic battle at Vicksburg National Military Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vicksburg visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Vicksburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Vicksburg can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to French Quarter, then admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally stop by Garden District. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online journey planner.

You can drive from Vicksburg to New Orleans in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vicksburg in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 33°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mobile.
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Mobile — 2 nights

On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Mobile Carnival Museum, then learn about all things military at Battleship USS ALABAMA, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mobile tour website.

You can drive from New Orleans to Mobile in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mobile when traveling from New Orleans in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Montgomery.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Montgomery — 2 nights

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and then explore the world behind art at Legacy Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at First White House of the Confederacy and then get engrossed in the history at Rosa Parks Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Montgomery trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Mobile to Montgomery takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.
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Birmingham — 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham vacation maker tool.

Getting from Montgomery to Birmingham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Rock City, then Head underground at Ruby Falls, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Birmingham to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nashville.
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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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville tour website.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.
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Louisville — 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 3rd (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Louisville is 1 hour. In October in Louisville, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 1 night

Windy City

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Millennium Park, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Louisville in October: highs in Chicago hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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