8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Little Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 45 min
End: Houston

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville sightseeing planner.

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Nashville: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Graceland, stop by Memphis Music, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, then deepen your understanding at Garland County Library, then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, and finally admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip app .

You can drive from Memphis to Hot Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Room Escape Games
Garvan Woodland Gardens ©
Garvan Woodland Gardens

1
night
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some photo ops at Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Little Rock day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Pinnacle Mountain State Park ©
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Room Escape Games

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