37 days in United States Itinerary

37 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
— 8 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 8 nights
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New Orleans
— 17 nights
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Austin
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Chicago — 8 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart & University of Notre Dame). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planning tool.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. In April in Chicago, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, then cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nashville.
Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Nashville — 8 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carter House & David Arms), Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park) and Bell's Tavern (in Park City). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and stop by Downtown Nashville.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to New Orleans.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

New Orleans — 17 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, visit Garden District, get a dose of the wild on Happiness Bayou Tours, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans holiday builder tool.

Getting from Nashville to New Orleans by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nashville in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Austin

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planning website.

Fly from New Orleans to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect nights in Austin to be slightly colder, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).
Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.