10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Columbia
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Greenville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Helen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dandridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Knoxville
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
End: Jacksonville, Florida

1
night
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at South Carolina State House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the resident critters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Lion Landing.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Columbia trip itinerary planner .

Jacksonville to Columbia is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jacksonville in December, with highs in Columbia at 62°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Greenville.

Things to do in Columbia

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
South Carolina State House ©
South Carolina State House

2
nights
Greenville

Greenville ©
The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
On the 28th (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Dark Corner Distillery, take in the views from Liberty Bridge, then explore the landscape on two wheels at GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: walk around Paris Mountain State Park, have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, and then admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Greenville travel route tool .

Take a bus from Columbia to Greenville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Columbia in December, expect nights in Greenville to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helen.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Falls Park on the Reedy ©
Falls Park on the Reedy
Room Escape Games
Dark Corner Distillery ©
Dark Corner Distillery

1
night
Helen

Helen ©
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
On the 30th (Mon), hike along Dukes Creek Falls Trail, then admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls, then have some family-friendly fun at Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf, and finally stop by Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helen road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Greenville to Helen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Greenville in December, expect nights in Helen to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Dandridge.

Things to do in Helen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf ©
Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls
Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen ©
Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen

1
night
Dandridge

Dandridge ©
Dandridge is a town in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tee off at Dandridge Golf & Country Club and then see human ingenuity at work at Douglas Dam.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dandridge trip planner.

You can drive from Helen to Dandridge in 3.5 hours. In December, Dandridge is a bit cooler than Helen - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Dandridge

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Dandridge Golf & Country Club ©
Dandridge Golf & Country Club
Douglas Dam ©
Douglas Dam

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg online tour planner .

You can drive from Dandridge to Gatlinburg in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook ©
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

1
night
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, find something for the whole family at Dollywood, and then learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

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Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Fun & Games Wineries
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Mill Bridge Winery ©
Mill Bridge Winery
Room Escape Games
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, and then make a trip to Market Square.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville tour planning app .

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Knoxville by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ijams Nature Center ©
Ijams Nature Center
Market Square ©
Market Square
East Tennesse Historical Society ©

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