12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
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Fayetteville
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shenandoah National Park: James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station), Chateau MerrillAnne LLC (in Orange) and Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins (in Barboursville). There's lots more to do: cruise along Skyline Drive, stroll through Old Rag Mountain Hike, work some fitness into your day at Limberlost Trail, and don't miss a visit to Dean Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park vacation maker website.

Detroit to Shenandoah National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September in Shenandoah National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lost World Caverns, get a sense of history and politics at Greenbrier Government Relocation Facility, then relax and rejuvenate at The Salt Cave and Spa, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blue Bend Recreation Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our White Sulphur Springs trip tool.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to White Sulphur Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Shenandoah National Park in September; daily highs in White Sulphur Springs reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

1
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Fayetteville

Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): whizz through the canopy at Adventures on the Gorge, snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape-A-Torium.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fayetteville day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from White Sulphur Springs to Fayetteville takes 1.5 hours. September in Fayetteville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Wildlife · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Fayetteville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fayetteville in September, with highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 83°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hike along Fat Man's Misery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Green River, then explore the activities along Echo River, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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