53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Portland
— 8 nights
Fly
2
Dallas
— 7 nights
Fly
3
Memphis
— 7 nights
Drive
4
Makanda
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Alton
— 1 night
Drive
6
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Ottawa
— 1 night
Drive
8
Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Rockford
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Chicago
— 7 nights
Drive
11
Waukegan
— 5 nights
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Portland

— 8 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area (in Seaside), Starvation Creek State Park (in Cascade Locks) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, trek along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Portland is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Portland is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Portland hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dallas

— 7 nights

Big D

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, &more), Denton (North Texas Lake Charters & Denton County African American Museum) and Food Tours (in McKinney). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, get outside with Frisco RoughRiders, explore the world behind art at Dallas Museum of Art, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dallas road trip planner.

Getting from Portland to Dallas by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in August, with highs in Dallas at 41°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 7 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jackson (Samuel T Bryant Distillery & Century Farm Winery), Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Graceland, take in the local highlights with Tastin' 'Round Town, gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Memphis day trip tool.

Fly from Dallas to Memphis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Memphis reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Makanda

— 3 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Makanda side-trips: Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress), Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna) and Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, trek along Pomona Natural Bridge, learn about winemaking at StarView Vineyards, and admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Makanda tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Memphis to Makanda in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in August, things will get slightly colder in Makanda: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Alton.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Alton

— 1 night
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. On the 29th (Sun), admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, then get engrossed in the history at The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, and then cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Alton route planning site.

Traveling by car from Makanda to Alton takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski), Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean) and Atlanta (Atlanta Public Library & Memories: Route 66 Museum). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, stroll around Union Square Park, and take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Alton to Springfield in 2 hours. August in Springfield sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 1 night
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, then walk around Washington Square Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ottawa online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. In September in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Galena

— 4 nights
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area & De Immigrant Windmill) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., grab your bike and head to Great River Trail, admire the striking features of Market House State Historic, and steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Galena road trip planner.

Drive from Ottawa to Galena in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Galena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockford

— 5 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Climbing Tours (in Baraboo), Janesville (Rotary Botanical Gardens & CAMDEN Playground) and White River State Trail (in Elkhorn). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, trek along Geneva Lake Shore Path, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kishwauketoe Conservancy.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockford online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rockford can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In September, daytime highs in Chicago are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Waukegan.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Waukegan

— 5 nights
Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Racine (Wind Point Lighthouse, North Beach Park, &more), Lester's Bison Farm (in Salem) and Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, walk around Independence Grove Forest Preserve, examine the collection at Volo Auto Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Northwind Perennial Farm.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Waukegan trip maker app.

Drive from Chicago to Waukegan in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Waukegan, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waukegan

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.