11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Virginia Beach
— Few hours
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Richmond
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Scottsdale
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
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Virginia Beach

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Stumpy Lake Natural Area and then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip builder.

Newark to Virginia Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Virginia Beach, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Nature

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Richmond

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 15th (Tue), bet on your favorite at Richmond Raceway and then learn about winemaking at Blue Bee Cider.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Richmond using our trip planner.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Richmond by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Richmond are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Richmond

Wineries

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Eureka Springs

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, then view the masterpieces at Quicksilver Gallery, and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks.

Before you visit Eureka Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Richmond to Eureka Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Eureka Springs due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Eureka Springs are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. On the 17th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Scottsdale sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Eureka Springs to Scottsdale in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Scottsdale is somewhat warmer than Eureka Springs - with highs of 99°F and lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Scottsdale to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Scottsdale in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

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Albuquerque

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

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Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at LBJ Presidential Library, then admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Barton Creek Greenbelt, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and finally stop by Waterloo Records.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Austin trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Austin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque to Austin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Austin is a bit warmer than Albuquerque - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

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Nashville

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Nashville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in September, expect Nashville to be a bit cooler, temps between 85°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

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Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 23rd (Wed), do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg attractions planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art 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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.