12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Blue Ridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Popular historic sites such as Little Round Top and Fort McHenry National Monument are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like U.S. National Arboretum and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Gettysburg (Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg National Cemetery, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, get a sense of history and politics at Smithsonian Institution Building, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip maker tool .

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Washington DC is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
U.S. National Arboretum ©
U.S. National Arboretum
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

2
nights
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Vogel State Park, then stop by Humble Pie Boutique, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Toccoa River Swinging Bridge, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire all the interesting features of Mercier Orchards.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Blue Ridge online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Washington DC to Blue Ridge takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Blue Ridge dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Blairsville, Bald River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
On the 17th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Mountain State Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Regions Field. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, then stroll around Vulcan Park and Museum, then examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of 16th Street Baptist Church.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Blue Ridge to Birmingham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Blue Ridge to Birmingham is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Blue Ridge in September, expect Birmingham to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Oak Mountain State Park
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Oak Mountain State Park ©
Oak Mountain State Park

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, then explore the galleries of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Orpheum Theatre. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, then get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Birmingham to Memphis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Memphis sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing

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