9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Louisville
1
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Lake Lure
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Louisville

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Escape the urban bustle at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace Distillery. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), McIntyre's Winery & Berries (in Bardstown) and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville). It doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Louisville. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Louisville

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

2
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planning site .

You can fly from Louisville to Chattanooga in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ocoee, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks, take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sliding Rock. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, stop by Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, then steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village, and finally learn about winemaking at Biltmore Estate.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Asheville itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chattanooga in July: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 84°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Asheville

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Sliding Rock, DuPont State Recreational Forest
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Biltmore Estate ©
Biltmore Estate
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock

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nights
Lake Lure

Lake Lure ©
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. On the 21st (Sat), look for gifts at The Millstone Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and then explore and take pictures at Chimney Rock State Park. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then admire all the interesting features of Cowpens National Battlefield.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Lure day trip planner.

Getting from Asheville to Lake Lure by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Lake Lure are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Lure

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

The Millstone Gallery, Cowpens National Battlefield, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Chimney Rock State Park
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Chimney Rock State Park ©
Chimney Rock State Park
Zipline

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