7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Hot Springs
— 1 day
Drive
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
4
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive
5
South Bend
— 1 night
Drive
6
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive
7
Nashville
— 1 night
Fly
8
Houston

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Hot Springs

— 1 day

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Anthony Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip builder tool.

Houston to Hot Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Houston in July, plan for little chillier nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Memphis

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Memphis visit planning app.

Getting from Hot Springs to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Memphis

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Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 20th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis online visit planner.

Getting from Memphis to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Memphis in July since evenings lows in Saint Louis dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, stroll around Union Square Park, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Saint Louis to Springfield in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to South Bend.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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South Bend

— 1 night
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Studebaker National Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally make a trip to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Bend trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Springfield to South Bend takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to South Bend is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Springfield in July, with highs in South Bend at 81°F and lows at 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Museums
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville holiday planner.

You can drive from South Bend to Louisville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, Louisville is somewhat warmer than South Bend - with highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 24th (Sat), witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour builder site.

You can drive from Louisville to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Houston.

Things to do in Nashville

Side Trip

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Houston

Bayou City

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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Houston trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Houston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Houston. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Outdoors
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United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.