32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Dallas
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Harlingen
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Destin
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Tampa
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Madison

1
night
Springfield

Springfield
Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Springfield road trip planner.

Madison to Springfield is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Madison in December, expect Springfield to be somewhat warmer, temps between 47°F and 28°F. You'll set off for Dallas on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Museums Outdoors

7
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.
Blue Ostrich Winery and Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bluff Dale Vineyards and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dallas: Carleen Bright Arboretum (in Woodway), Waco (Waco Suspension Bridge & H5 Tactical) and First Monday Trade Days (in Canton). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Fort Parker, wander the streets of Bishop Arts District, don't miss a visit to Top O'Hill Terrace, and admire the masterpieces at Nasher Sculpture Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dallas trip maker site .

Getting from Springfield to Dallas by combination of flight and tram takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Springfield in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Dallas: highs are around 59°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waco, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Bluff Dale Vineyards, First Monday, Old Fort Parker
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Bishop Arts District ©
Bishop Arts District
Dallas Arts District ©
Dallas Arts District

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lost Maples Winery and Lost Maples State Natural Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Presidio La Bahia and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Explore San Antonio's surroundings by going to Fredericksburg (St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pioneer Museum Complex, & more), The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden (in Kerrville) and Goliad State Park & Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site (in Goliad). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Becker Vineyards, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to San Antonio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dallas in December, with highs in San Antonio at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Harlingen.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Vanderpool, Goliad, Hye, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden
Highlights from your plan
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church
Presidio La Bahia ©
Presidio La Bahia

7
nights
Harlingen

Harlingen ©
Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, United States, about from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle and Nuevo Santadar Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley Nature Center and La Lomita Mission. Change things up with these side-trips from Harlingen: Dustin Michael Sekula Library (in Edinburg), Brownsville (Stillman House Museum, Historic Brownsville Museum, & more) and Mission (Anzalduas Park & Mission Hike & Bike Trails). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at McAllen's New Park & Spray Ground, browse the exhibits of Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, and see the interesting displays at Freddy Fender Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Harlingen journey builder site .

Getting from San Antonio to Harlingen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from San Antonio in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Harlingen: highs are around 70°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Houston.

Things to do in Harlingen

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Brownsville, McAllen, Mission, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle, Freddy Fender Museum
Highlights from your plan
Valley Nature Center ©
Valley Nature Center
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at National Museum of Funeral History, sample the tasty concoctions at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and then explore and take pictures at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Houston visit planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Harlingen to Houston with the Route module. When traveling from Harlingen in January, plan for little chillier days in Houston, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Funeral History ©
National Museum of Funeral History
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens ©
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Visit Nottoway Plantation and Lake Lawn Metairie for their historical value. Step out of New Orleans to go to Wallace and see Whitney Plantation, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery and wander the streets of Faubourg Marigny.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary site .

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. January in New Orleans sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Destin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nottoway Plantation, Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Lake Lawn Metairie ©
Lake Lawn Metairie
Nottoway Plantation ©
Nottoway Plantation

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nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Eden Gardens State Park, and then explore and take pictures at Kitchenique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Destin History & Fishing Museum and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Destin trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from New Orleans to Destin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. January in Destin sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tampa.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seaside Beach, Eden Gardens State Park
Highlights from your plan
Eden Gardens State Park ©
Eden Gardens State Park
Destin History & Fishing Museum ©
Destin History & Fishing Museum

3
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Crescent Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Robinson Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of De Soto National Memorial.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampa trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Destin to Tampa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Destin to Tampa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Destin in January, expect Tampa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 53°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bradenton, Crescent Beach, Beach Walk
Highlights from your plan
De Soto National Memorial ©
De Soto National Memorial
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Sacred Heart Catholic Church ©
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

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night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Tampa to Chattanooga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In January, Chattanooga is much colder than Tampa - with highs of 50°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Outdoors Nature

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nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Deutschheim State Historic Site and Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site. Step off the beaten path and head to Adam Puchta Winery and Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. When in Saint Louis, make a side trip to see World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and have some family-friendly fun at Escape The Room STL.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip planner .

You can fly from Chattanooga to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chattanooga to Saint Louis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chattanooga in January, things will get a bit cooler in Saint Louis: highs are around 41°F and lows about 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hermann, World Bird Sanctuary, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
World Bird Sanctuary ©
World Bird Sanctuary
Adam Puchta Winery ©
Adam Puchta Winery

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