12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Katonah
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Katonah
— 1 night
Drive

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Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Farmington Historic Home and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Indiana Caverns, stroll around Falls of the Ohio State Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

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Chicago to Louisville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Louisville. In September, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Visit Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Belmont Mansion for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Radnor Lake State Park and The District. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nashville sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Quiet Walkways, stroll through Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town.

Before you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. In September in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 19th (Sun), shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Spiral 1, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Riverside Cemetery, and then sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed.

To find out how to plan a trip to Asheville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, then stroll through Elkwallow Picnic Area, and then trek along Limberlost Trail.

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Getting from Asheville to Shenandoah National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Katonah.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Katonah

— 1 night
Katonah is one of three hamlets and census-designated places (CDP) within the town of Bedford, Westchester County, in the U.S. state of New York, specifically northern Westchester. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Mianus River Gorge Preserve, stroll through Wolf Conservation Center, and then contemplate the long history of John Jay Homestead.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Katonah trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shenandoah National Park to Katonah. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Katonah when traveling from Shenandoah National Park in September, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katonah

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.