11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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San Antonio
— 1 day
— 1 night
Orange Beach
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Hot Springs
— 1 night


San Antonio — 1 day

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio journey builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Antonio. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to Jackson.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Jackson — 1 night

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. On the 17th (Sun), get in on the family fun at DEFY Jackson (High Heaven) and then examine the collection at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jackson vacation planner.

Fly from San Antonio to Jackson in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in Jackson to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Orange Beach.
Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Side Trip

Orange Beach — 1 night

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Orange Beach journey planner.

Drive from Jackson to Orange Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
Side Trip

Atlanta — 1 night

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Atlanta journey builder website.

You can fly from Orange Beach to Atlanta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Charleston.
Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Charleston — 1 night

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Charleston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Charleston are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Asheville.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Asheville — 2 nights

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asheville road trip tool.

You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, Asheville is a bit cooler than Charleston - with highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Pigeon Forge — 2 nights

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 23rd (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get in on the family fun at Dollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Pigeon Forge takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisville.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Louisville — 1 night

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Louisville travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Louisville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In July, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hot Springs.
Museums · Nature · Parks

Hot Springs — 1 night

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Ouachita and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Louisville to Hot Springs by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Nature · Fun & Games · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Room Escape Games
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Mississippi travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Alabama travel guide

History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Georgia travel guide

Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

South Carolina travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Art Museums · History Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.