12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abingdon
— 1 night
Drive
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Weston
— 1 night
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Taxi to Salisbury, Fly to Charleston
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Charleston
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilton Head
— 1 night
Fly
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, and then explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then stroll through Roaring Fork.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Philip to Gatlinburg is an approximately 20.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Philip in October, expect Gatlinburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abingdon.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trip

Abingdon

— 1 night
Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Shuttle Shack, hike along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, and then get engrossed in the history at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Abingdon trip planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Abingdon in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Gatlinburg in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Abingdon: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Weston.

Things to do in Abingdon

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Weston

— 1 night
Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Weston travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Abingdon to Weston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. October in Weston sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Weston

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and then see Off-Road Tours.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Weston to Corolla in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Weston in October; daily highs in Corolla reach 76°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Chincoteague Island

— 2 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 12th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Depot and then see majestic marine mammals with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island driving holiday tool.

Getting from Corolla to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. While traveling from Corolla, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chincoteague Island, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Charleston

— 1 night
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Nathaniel Russell House, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Charleston online vacation planner.

Getting from Chincoteague Island to Charleston by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chincoteague Island in October: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 78°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Hilton Head

— 1 night
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 15th (Fri), trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hilton Head day trip site.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Hilton Head takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hilton Head are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Memphis.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Memphis route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hilton Head to Memphis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Hilton Head in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Memphis, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
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.