16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  11​h
1
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dallas
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
7
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Stone Mountain Park, then admire the majestic nature at Chastain Park, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, and then find something for the whole family at SKYVIEW Atlanta.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Atlanta vacation planning website .

Washington DC to Atlanta is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Atlanta to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Stone Mountain Park
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Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
Room Escape Games
Chastain Park ©
Chastain Park

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, then make a trip to Arcadian Books, and then brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read New Orleans trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Atlanta to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, then walk around Smither Park, and finally get your game on at Escape Hunt.

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You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to San Antonio.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

2
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and then hike along The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Antonio, and then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Houston to San Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
SeaWorld San Antonio ©
SeaWorld San Antonio
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, look for gifts at Waterloo Records, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Austin. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool.

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You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
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.
On the 31st (Tue), examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, get your game on at Corky's Gaming Bistro, then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and finally don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and then get your game on at iFLY Dallas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas trip maker site .

Getting from Austin to Dallas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in December: highs in Dallas hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 41°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Corky's Gaming Bistro, iFLY Dallas
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Corky's Gaming Bistro ©
Corky's Gaming Bistro
iFLY Dallas ©
iFLY Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville online itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in January; daily highs in Nashville reach 48°F and lows reach 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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