11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Iron Mountain
Drive:  5​h
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h
End: Iron Mountain

1
night
Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online trip planner .

Iron Mountain to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Iron Mountain in September: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. You'll set off for Nashville on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery, then immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake State Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nashville attractions planning website .

Fly from Chicago to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bledsoe Creek State Park, McGavock Confederate Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Bledsoe Creek State Park ©
Bledsoe Creek State Park

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get outdoors at Newfound Gap Road and Rainbow Falls Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Falls Parking and Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Gatlinburg Trail, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Take a break from the city and head to The North Carolina Arboretum and Jump Off Rock. Urban Trail and Riverside Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Saluda to see Pearson's Falls and Glen about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Highland Brewing Company, look for gifts at Asheville Bee Charmer, and take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Asheville takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jump Off Rock, Pearson's Falls and Glen
Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Pearson's Falls and Glen ©
Pearson's Falls and Glen

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