29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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29 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  43​h 30​min
1
Dallas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
College Station
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Wharton
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
7
Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Shreveport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Little Rock
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Kimbell Art Museum. Appreciate the collections at Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Dallas Museum of Art. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and meet the residents at Dallas World Aquarium.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip maker website .

Chicago to Dallas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in January, you will find days in Dallas are warmer (57°F), and nights are a bit warmer (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fort Worth
Highlights from your plan
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You've now added The Blanton Museum of Art to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Texas State Capitol and St. Mary's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bullock Texas State History Museum and The Driskill. When in Austin, make a side trip to see Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, learn more about the world around you at Texas Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Harry Ransom Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Austin using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Dallas to Austin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Dallas in January, you will find days in Austin are a bit warmer (63°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to College Station.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Texas Quilt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
LBJ Presidential Library ©
LBJ Presidential Library

1
night
College Station

College Station ©
College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the College Station road trip app .

Traveling by car from Austin to College Station takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in College Station can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in College Station

Museums
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Space Center Houston and then see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston day trip planner.

Drive from College Station to Houston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from College Station in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Houston, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

3
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Popular historic sites such as The Seawall and Moody Mansion are in your itinerary. Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and The Galveston Children's Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Galveston, make a side trip to see Riverfront Park in Wharton, approximately 1h 45 min away.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galveston trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Galveston sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wharton.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Riverfront Park
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Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion
The Seawall ©
The Seawall
Brazosport Museum of Natural Science ©

1
day
Wharton

Wharton ©
Wharton is a city in Wharton County, Texas, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site as well as Wharton County Museum. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wharton County Museum and then steep yourself in history at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wharton trip builder app .

You can drive from Galveston to Wharton in 2 hours. Traveling from Galveston in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wharton, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Wharton

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Wharton County Museum ©
Wharton County Museum

1
night
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Padre Island National Seashore as well as Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. On the 18th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Padre Island National Seashore and then get curious at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Wharton to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, take in the history at Mission San Jose, and then take in the history at Mission Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan and then contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Corpus Christi to San Antonio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Corpus Christi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Antonio, with lows of 41°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lubbock.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Mission Concepcion ©
Mission Concepcion

3
nights
Shreveport

Shreveport ©
Shreveport is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 113th-largest city in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): engage your brain at Sci-Port Discovery Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shreveport Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at R. W. Norton Art Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Meadows Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, then see the interesting displays at Shreveport Water Works Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Shreveport Railroad Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shreveport trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Antonio to Shreveport in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from San Antonio, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shreveport, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Shreveport

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sci-Port Discovery Center ©
Sci-Port Discovery Center
R. W. Norton Art Gallery ©
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Shreveport Water Works Museum ©
Shreveport Water Works Museum

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 24th (Fri), get all the information you need at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Riley Art Glass Studio, take in the exciting artwork at Artists' Workshop Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Gangster Museum of America, then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center, and finally see the interesting displays at The Galaxy Connection.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hot Springs tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Shreveport to Hot Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Shreveport in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 32°F in Hot Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Museum of Automobiles
Highlights from your plan
Riley Art Glass Studio ©
Riley Art Glass Studio
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center
Mid-America Science Museum ©
Mid-America Science Museum

3
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old State House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, then learn about all things military at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at William J. Clinton Presidential Library, see the interesting displays at Heifer Village (Heifer International), then don't miss a visit to The Old Mill, and finally pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Little Rock day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Little Rock takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Little Rock can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Old Mill
Highlights from your plan
William J. Clinton Presidential Library ©
The Old Mill ©
The Old Mill

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