30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 17 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Dallas
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

17
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bender Park Waterfront (in Oak Creek), Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm (in Homer Glen) and Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum (in Kenosha). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Fri) at Centennial water park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park Zoo, and make a trip to Millennium Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chicago online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Washington Square, Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, First Division Museum at Cantigny
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm ©
Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nashville tour planner .

Fly from Chicago to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Memphis day trip planning tool .

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Room Escape Games
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and then get your game on at The Escape Game Dallas. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Reunion Tower and then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dallas attractions planner .

You can fly from Memphis to Dallas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Escape Game Dallas
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game, then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then get some jogging in at Woldenberg Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Dallas to New Orleans in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Dallas in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ©
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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