30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Lake Charles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
New Orleans
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Jacksonville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Battleship Texas State Historic Site and Cockrell Butterfly Center. On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Battleship Texas State Historic Site, then witness the site of a historic battle at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Brazos Bend State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave, admire all the interesting features of Froberg's Farm, and then have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Houston (Memorial).

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport and William P Hobby Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

La Porte, Brazos Bend State Park, Froberg's Farm, Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave
Highlights from your plan
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Brazos Bend State Park ©
Brazos Bend State Park
Froberg's Farm ©
Froberg's Farm

4
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.
You've now added The Alamo to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lost Maples State Natural Area and Comal River. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Bandera) and Landa Park (in New Braunfels). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of King William Historic District, get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, and have some family-friendly fun at Escape the Room.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Houston to San Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in San Antonio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Braunfels, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Escape the Room ©
Escape the Room
Lost Maples State Natural Area ©
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Comal River ©
Comal River

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Explore hidden gems such as Inks Lake State Park and Chisholm Trail Crossing Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Johnson City (Lewis Wines, Texcetera, & more) and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site (in Stonewall). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours and explore the engaging exhibits at Thinkery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Austin vacation planner .

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lake Charles.

Things to do in Austin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Johnson City, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Inks Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Inks Lake State Park ©
Inks Lake State Park
Thinkery ©
Thinkery
Climbing Tours

1
night
Lake Charles

Lake Charles ©
Lake Charles is a brackish lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana, United States, situated almost entirely within the Lake Charles city limits. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at USS Orleck and then stroll through Millennium Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Blue Elbow Swamp, then look for all kinds of wild species at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, and then stroll through Bord Du Lac Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lake Charles trip planner .

You can fly from Austin to Lake Charles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Lafayette.

Things to do in Lake Charles

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
USS Orleck ©
USS Orleck

1
night
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Martin de Tours, then examine the collection at Conrad Rice Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lafayette trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Lake Charles to Lafayette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will leave for New Orleans on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Lafayette

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Conrad Rice Museum, Church of St Martin de Tours
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Rice Museum ©
Conrad Rice Museum
Church of St Martin de Tours ©
Church of St Martin de Tours
Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery ©
Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery

5
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Evergreen Plantation, NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans Airboat Tours LLC, and other attractions. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and partake in some friendly competition at Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New Orleans online route planner .

Traveling by car from Lafayette to New Orleans takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lafayette in December: highs in New Orleans hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ultimate Swamp Adventures, New Orleans Airboat Tours, NOLA Motorsports Park, Evergreen Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
New Orleans Airboat Tours ©
New Orleans Airboat Tours
Nola Gondola ©
Nola Gondola

2
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 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Olive Branch City Park and then don't miss a visit to Crystal Shrine Grotto. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Hampson Museum State Park, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Garyville to Memphis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Garyville in January, things will get a bit cooler in Memphis: highs are around 11°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hampson Museum State Park
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Crystal Shrine Grotto ©
Crystal Shrine Grotto
St. Peter Catholic Church ©
St. Peter Catholic Church

2
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
Jacksonville is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, and a suburb of Little Rock. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery and then explore the activities along Lake Bennett. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Jacksonville Museum of Military History, then admire the majestic nature at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, and then take in the history at Reed's Bridge Battlefield.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jacksonville tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jacksonville takes 2 hours. In January in Jacksonville, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Lake Bennett
Highlights from your plan
Reed's Bridge Battlefield ©
Reed's Bridge Battlefield

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 8th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, trek along Grand Promenade, then have some family-friendly fun at 4D Adventure, and finally stop by Bathhouse Soapery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Garland County Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Anthony Chapel, and then admire the majestic nature at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs travel route planner .

You can drive from Jacksonville to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Catherine State Park ©
Lake Catherine State Park
DeGray Lake Resort State Park ©
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
4D Adventure ©
4D Adventure

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 10th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ellis County Museum, make a trip to Ellis County Courthouse, and then admire all the interesting features of Broken Bow Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then look for all kinds of wild species at In-Sync Exotics, and then snap pictures at Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dallas, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hot Springs to Dallas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Waxahachie, Broken Bow Ranch, Room Escape Games, In-Sync Exotics
Highlights from your plan
In-Sync Exotics ©
In-Sync Exotics
Room Escape Games
Broken Bow Ranch ©
Broken Bow Ranch

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salt Creek Beach and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Sherman Library & Gardens (in Corona del Mar), 1,000 Steps Beach (in Laguna Beach) and Hill Top Park (in Dana Point). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, don't miss a visit to Rainbow Sandals, and admire the majestic nature at Malibu Creek State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in January, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Rainbow Sandals, Sherman Library & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Malibu Creek State Park ©
Malibu Creek State Park
Sherman Library & Gardens ©
Sherman Library & Gardens
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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