12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
3
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
5
Bentonville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Van Buren
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
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 27th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake State Park, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally work some fitness into your day at Centennial Park.

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Saint Louis to Nashville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
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 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg online day trip planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Titanic Museum Attraction
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

2
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores ©
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Naval Aviation Museum, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pensacola Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gulf Shores online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Gulf Shores in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Gulf Shores, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Gatlinburg in May since evenings lows in Gulf Shores dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to New Orleans.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, Navarre Beach
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Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
National Naval Aviation Museum ©
National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola Beach ©
Pensacola Beach

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

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Getting from Gulf Shores to New Orleans by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gulf Shores in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bentonville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
Bentonville

Bentonville ©
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake, do a tasting at Tontitown Winery, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, and finally explore the world behind art at 21c Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, witness the site of a historic battle at Pea Ridge National Military Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Roaring River State Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Bentonville itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New Orleans to Bentonville in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Bentonville when traveling from New Orleans in June, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Van Buren.

Things to do in Bentonville

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tontitown Winery, Roaring River State Park, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake, Pea Ridge National Military Park
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Museum of Native American History ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©

1
night
Van Buren

Van Buren ©
Van Buren is a city that is the county seat of Carter County, Missouri, in the United States. On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Spring Historic District, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Big Spring, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Falls Shut-in.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Van Buren road trip planning website .

You can drive from Bentonville to Van Buren in 4.5 hours. June in Van Buren sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Van Buren

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Falls Shut-in
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Falls Shut-in ©
Rocky Falls Shut-in

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