17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Jacksonville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Lake Geneva
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Panama City Beach
— 1 night
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Jacksonville

— 1 night

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jacksonville trip itinerary builder app.

Delray Beach to Jacksonville is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Delray Beach in December: high temperatures in Jacksonville hover around 72°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works and then get in on the family fun at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg route builder app.

Traveling by car from Jacksonville to Gatlinburg takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in December; daily highs in Gatlinburg reach 53°F and lows reach 36°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery as well as Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church. On the 21st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church and then get a taste of local nightlife at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Indianapolis in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In December, Indianapolis is little chillier than Gatlinburg - with highs of 41°F and lows of 27°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Nightlife · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tilt, Chicago Riverwalk and Navy Pier. On the 22nd (Tue), walk around Millennium Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and then laugh and play at Navy Pier.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Geneva.

Things to do in Chicago

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Lake Geneva

— 3 nights
Lake Geneva is a city in Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA. The population was 7,651 at the 2010 census. Your day by day itinerary now includes DJ's In The Drink as well as Lake Geneva Clue Room--Escape Room. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Geneva Lake and then get a taste of local nightlife at DJ's In The Drink.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Geneva travel planning app.

You can drive from Chicago to Lake Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lake Geneva when traveling from Chicago in December, with lows around 20°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Lake Geneva

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chicago Loop Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Clement Church, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, contemplate the long history of Pleasant Home, browse the exhibits of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, and finally stroll around Millennium Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lake Geneva to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Lake Geneva in December, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look for gifts at Colts Chocolates, then stroll through Centennial Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Nashville takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, Nashville is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December in Memphis, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Garden District and Chalmette National Historical Park will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at French Quarter and Royal Street. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, stop by Faulkner House Books, browse the eclectic array of goods at Anatolian Silver, and examine the collection at Cabildo.

Before you visit New Orleans, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Memphis in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in New Orleans. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Panama City Beach

— 1 night

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City Beach trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Panama City Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in January, plan for little chillier nights in Panama City Beach, with lows around 42°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.