34 days in United States Itinerary

34 days in United States Itinerary

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34 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Houston
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Austin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Beaumont
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Metairie
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Avondale
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
Westwego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Venice
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Jacksonville
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
11
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
12
Charlotte
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

5
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 Escape Hunt, Houston Zoo and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Memorial Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and Lakewood Church. Go for a jaunt from Houston to Katy to see No Label Brewing Co. about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, sample the tasty concoctions at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, admire the masterpieces at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rothko Chapel.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Houston trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to Houston is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Houston. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Houston at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

No Label Brewing Co., Historic Downtown Hico, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

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 Garrison Brothers Distillery and St. Mary's Church High Hill. St. Mary's Church of the Assumption and Saint Paul Lutheran Church and Wendish Cabin will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site (in La Grange), McKinney Roughs Nature Park (in Cedar Creek) and Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Cedar Breaks Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. William Catholic Church, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Texas State Cemetery.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Austin trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Houston to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Houston in December, plan for little chillier nights in Austin, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Beaumont.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Schulenburg, Jacob's Well Natural Area, St. William Catholic Church, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Cedar Breaks Park
Highlights from your plan
Garrison Brothers Distillery ©
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Jacob's Well Natural Area ©
Jacob's Well Natural Area
Texas State Cemetery ©
Texas State Cemetery

1
night
Beaumont

Beaumont ©
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica and then head outdoors with Cattail Marsh.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaumont visit planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Austin to Beaumont. In December in Beaumont, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Beaumont

Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cattail Marsh ©
Cattail Marsh
Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica ©
Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Airboat SwampTour Adventures of New Orleans. Popular historic sites such as Lake Lawn Metairie and Immaculate Conception Church are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and The Oaks Golf Club. There's much more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game, contemplate the long history of Hermann-Grima House, get engrossed in the history at Gallier House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Church and Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Beaumont to New Orleans. When traveling from Beaumont in December, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 16°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Metairie.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Oaks Golf Club, St. Joseph Church and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lawn Metairie ©
Lake Lawn Metairie
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Metairie

Metairie ©
Metairie is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States and is a major part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at The Esplanade.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Metairie journey planning app .

Metairie is just a stone's throw from New Orleans. In January in Metairie, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Avondale.

Things to do in Metairie

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Esplanade, Tammany Trace, Abita Springs Trailhead Museum, Fairview-Riverside State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tammany Trace ©
Tammany Trace
Fairview-Riverside State Park ©
Fairview-Riverside State Park
Abita Springs Trailhead Museum ©
Abita Springs Trailhead Museum

1
night
Avondale

Avondale ©
Avondale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Destrehan Plantation, then have some family-friendly fun at NOLA Motorsports Park, and then head outdoors with TPC of Louisiana.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Avondale online tour itinerary planner .

Avondale is very close to Metairie. In January, daytime highs in Avondale are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Westwego.

Things to do in Avondale

Outdoors Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Destrehan Plantation
Highlights from your plan
TPC of Louisiana ©
TPC of Louisiana
Destrehan Plantation ©
Destrehan Plantation
NOLA Motorsports Park ©
NOLA Motorsports Park

2
nights
Westwego

Westwego ©
Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): head outdoors with Ultimate Swamp Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Bayou Segnette State Park and then explore the activities along Mississippi River.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Westwego route builder tool .

Westwego is very close to Avondale. In January, daily temperatures in Westwego can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Westwego

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mississippi River
Highlights from your plan
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Bayou Segnette State Park ©
Bayou Segnette State Park

1
night
Venice

Venice
Venice is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head off the coast to Breton National Wildlife Refuge - Chandeleur Islands.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Westwego to Venice by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Wildlife Nature

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs, then hike along Grand Promenade, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bathhouse Soapery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ouachita National Forest, and then admire the landmark architecture of Anthony Chapel.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs day trip planning app .

You can drive from Venice to Hot Springs in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade
Ouachita National Forest ©
Ouachita National Forest
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel

1
day
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
Jacksonville is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, and a suburb of Little Rock. On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Jacksonville Museum of Military History and then witness the site of a historic battle at Reed's Bridge Battlefield.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jacksonville route website .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Jacksonville takes 1.5 hours. January in Jacksonville sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Reed's Bridge Battlefield ©
Reed's Bridge Battlefield
Jacksonville Museum of Military History ©

2
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 11th (Sat): admire the striking features of Downtown Presbyterian Church, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get all the information you need at Stones River National Battlefield and then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nashville road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jacksonville to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery ©
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

5
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
You've now added Carolinas Aviation Museum to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Kings Mountain National Military Park and Carolina Raptor Center. Visit St Peter's Catholic Church and Old Settlers Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve (in Huntersville) and Crowders Mountain State Park (in Kings Mountain). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, see the interesting displays at Mint Museum Uptown, and have some family-friendly fun at Blackstone Shooting Sports.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Charlotte trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Charlotte. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huntersville, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Crowders Mountain State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Crowders Mountain State Park ©
Crowders Mountain State Park
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center

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