12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
New York City

2
days
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 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Garden District. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street, and then don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans vacation builder.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Austin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

2
days
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 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and then contemplate the long history of State Capitol.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Austin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Austin: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

1
day
Denver

Denver
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver itinerary maker.

Fly from Austin to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in October, plan for slightly colder days in Denver, with highs around 66°F, while nights are colder with lows around 40°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
Tattered Cover Book Store
Tattered Cover Book Store

1
day
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, then hike along Forest Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of tram, flight, and train from Denver to Portland in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Portland, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Oregon Zoo
Oregon Zoo
Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books

4
days
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Ramsey Cascades, Newfound Gap Road, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Biltmore Estate.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Asheville itinerary builder.

You can fly from Portland to Asheville in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Portland to Asheville. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops ©
Chimney Tops

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