12 days in Memphis, Indianapolis & Chicago Itinerary

12 days in Memphis, Indianapolis & Chicago Itinerary

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Chicago
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Memphis

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 28th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Victorian Village Historic District, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then get thoroughly spooked out with Backbeat Tours, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at The Children's Museum of Memphis, then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary website.

Austin to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in August, you will find days in Memphis are slightly colder (90°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
Sun Studio ©
Historic Site
Sun Studio
4.8
Backbeat Tours ©
Ghost / Vampire Tour
Backbeat Tours
4.5

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Indianapolis

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monon Trail and Indiana State Fairgrounds. Get some cultural insight at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Holliday Park, see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Indianapolis road trip planner.

Fly from Memphis to Indianapolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Indianapolis is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Memphis in August; daily highs in Indianapolis reach 84°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Holliday Park ©
Wildlife Area
Holliday Park
4.7

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get outdoors at Lakefront Trail and Kayaking & Canoeing. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and Holy Name Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, ponder the design of Crown Fountain, examine the collection at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, and explore the activities along Chicago River.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
Highlights from your trip
Lakefront Trail ©
Must see
Lakefront Trail
4.8
The Loop ©
Must see
The Loop
4.5

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