14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Durham
— 1 day
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Durham — 1 day

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 30th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Durham trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Durham. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cleveland.
Historic Sites · Parks

Cleveland — 1 night

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the striking features of Heinen's Downtown, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Traveling by flight from Durham to Cleveland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durham in July, plan for slightly colder days in Cleveland, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Traverse City.
Museums · Historic Sites

Traverse City — 2 nights

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cleveland to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cleveland in July since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Indianapolis.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Indianapolis — 1 night

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sodalis Nature Park and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Traverse City to Indianapolis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Cincinnati — 1 night

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll around Smale Riverfront Park and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati travel route site.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Louisville — 1 night

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville travel planning website.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lexington.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Lexington — 2 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Castle & Key Distillery, experience rural life at Sun Valley Farm, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and then identify plant and animal life at Unique Horse Farm Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington route builder site.

Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Pigeon Forge — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Dollywood, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Getting from Lexington to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Nashville — 2 nights

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 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Kentucky travel guide

4.6
Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.