10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Charlotte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then examine the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte vacation trip planner.

San Francisco to Charlotte is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Charlotte. Expect little chillier evenings in Charlotte when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Muddy River Distillery
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NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Muddy River Distillery ©
Muddy River Distillery
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Folk Art Center, then explore and take pictures at Blueridge Parkway, and then steep yourself in history at Biltmore Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Vance Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip generator.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for slightly colder days in Asheville, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Blue Ridge Pkwy, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Pkwy ©
Blue Ridge Pkwy

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Titanic Museum and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Explore Pigeon Forge's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Mount LeConte & Clingmans Dome). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get in on the family fun at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and make a splash at Dollywood.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pigeon Forge trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Pigeon Forge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

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nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and then try your luck at Keeneland Select.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Lexington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buffalo Trace Distillery, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

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