12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lake Charles
Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Branson
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Springfield
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Florence
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Bowling Green
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Huntsville
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Lake Charles


1
night
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and finally take an in-depth tour of Veterans Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ralph Foster Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, and then test your team's savvy at Escape Code.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary builder .

Lake Charles to Branson is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lake Charles in June since evenings lows in Branson dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Branson

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
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Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
Veterans Memorial Museum ©
Veterans Memorial Museum

1
day
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol, and finally don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Springfield route maker app .

Traveling by car from Branson to Springfield takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Step out of Pigeon Forge with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf, and have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Springfield to Pigeon Forge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. June in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Roaring Fork, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Hillbilly Golf
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Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): meet the residents at Newport Aquarium and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip app .

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Florence

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Creation Museum, Newport Aquarium
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Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum

2
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, then see the interesting displays at South Union Shaker Village, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Florence to Bowling Green takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Florence to Bowling Green is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Horse Cave, South Union Shaker Village, Dinosaur World
Highlights from your plan
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

1
night
Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Huntsville Museum of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Maple Hill Cemetery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Harmony Park Safari.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Huntsville road trip planner .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Huntsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Huntsville

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Park Safari ©
Harmony Park Safari
Huntsville Museum of Art ©
Huntsville Museum of Art
Maple Hill Cemetery ©
Maple Hill Cemetery

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