31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lincoln
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Madison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Jefferson City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Little Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Clarksdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Tupelo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Baton Rouge
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
14
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Mobile

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Park Nature Center, then learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum of Art, get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Catholic Church, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Boiler Brewing Company.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lincoln trip itinerary maker website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Eppley Airfield, Sioux Gateway Col. Bud Day Field and Kansas City International Airport. April in Lincoln sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Wildlife
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University of Nebraska State Museum ©
Nebraska State Capitol ©
Nebraska State Capitol
Pioneer Park Nature Center ©
Pioneer Park Nature Center

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts, then see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Terrace Hill, then take an in-depth tour of Wells Fargo Museum, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Des Moines sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates ©
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Terrace Hill ©
Terrace Hill

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy some diversion at Target Field, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, then walk around Minnehaha Park, and finally trek along Mill Ruins Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Minneapolis itinerary app .

Fly from Des Moines to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in April; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 14°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Madison.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

2
nights
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Chazen Museum of Art, then get lost in a book at Madison Public Library, and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Keep things going the next day: stop by Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, then see the interesting displays at Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and finally gain insight at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madison tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Madison takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daytime highs in Madison are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Madison

Museums Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chazen Museum of Art ©
Chazen Museum of Art
Wisconsin State Capitol ©
Wisconsin State Capitol
University of Wisconsin - Madison ©
University of Wisconsin - Madison

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore the activities along Lake Michigan. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Chicago Botanic Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Chicago.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Madison to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Chicago, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then walk around Washington Park, and finally make a trip to Rees Memorial Carillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Springfield online attractions planner .

Drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect nights in Springfield to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jefferson City.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Illinois State Capitol ©
Illinois State Capitol

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Jefferson City

Jefferson City ©
Jefferson City is the capital of the State of Missouri and the fifteenth most populous city in the state. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Missouri Military History, get a sense of history and politics at Missouri Supreme Court Building, get engrossed in the history at Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., then get a sense of history and politics at Governor's Mansion, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lewis and Clark Monument Trailhead Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Missouri State Penitentiary, get engrossed in the history at Missouri State Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Missouri State Capitol, and finally stop by Craft Beer Cellar.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jefferson City online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Jefferson City takes 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jefferson City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Craft Beer Cellar
Highlights from your plan
Missouri State Penitentiary ©
Missouri State Penitentiary
Missouri State Capitol
Missouri State Capitol
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the galleries of Graceland and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis itinerary builder .

You can drive from Jefferson City to Memphis in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In April, Memphis is somewhat warmer than Jefferson City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Graceland ©
Graceland

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Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, sample the fine beverages at Rock Town Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Esse Purse Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Arkansas State Capitol, then get a sense of history and politics at Old State House Museum, then admire the striking features of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and finally appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Little Rock journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Little Rock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Little Rock are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Clarksdale.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pinnacle Mountain State Park ©
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Room Escape Games

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Clarksdale

Clarksdale ©
Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and seat of the county. On the 23rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at The Delta Blues Museum, then make a trip to Pillow Thompson House, and then stroll around Freedom Park. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Crossroad, then take in the exciting artwork at Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, then view the masterpieces at Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery, and finally examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Clarksdale day trip planner.

You can drive from Little Rock to Clarksdale in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Clarksdale can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Tupelo.

Things to do in Clarksdale

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Helena, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Highlights from your plan
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Freedom Park ©
Freedom Park
Pillow Thompson House ©
Pillow Thompson House

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Tupelo

Tupelo ©
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Tupelo Automobile Museum and then cruise along Natchez Trace Pkwy. On your second day here, walk around Ballard Park, learn about all things military at Tupelo Veteran's Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tombigbee State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tupelo day trip tool .

Drive from Clarksdale to Tupelo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in Tupelo

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Natchez Trace Pkwy ©
Natchez Trace Pkwy
Tupelo Automobile Museum ©
Tupelo Automobile Museum
Ballard Park ©
Ballard Park

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Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Mississippi Children's Museum, then stop by Lemuria Books, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lucky Town Brewing Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Oaks Museum House, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Mississippi History, and then admire the majestic nature at LeFleur's Bluff State Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson online travel route planner .

Drive from Tupelo to Jackson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Oaks Museum House ©
Oaks Museum House
LeFleur's Bluff State Park ©
LeFleur's Bluff State Park
Museum of Mississippi History ©
Museum of Mississippi History

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at St. Joseph Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Old Governor's Mansion, then browse the collection at East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and finally get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol Welcome Center. On the next day, explore the activities along University Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger Habitat, then see the interesting displays at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, and finally have fun and explore at Knock Knock Children's Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Baton Rouge day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Jackson to Baton Rouge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Baton Rouge are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Louisiana's Old State Capitol ©
Louisiana's Old State Capitol
State Capitol Welcome Center ©
State Capitol Welcome Center
Mike the Tiger Habitat ©
Mike the Tiger Habitat

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitney Plantation and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, wander the streets of Garden District, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Baton Rouge in May, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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