15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Train to London Heathrow, Fly to New Orleans
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orange Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Atlanta
— 1 night
Drive
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Birmingham
— 1 night
Fly
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Savannah
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff

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New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to French Quarter, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cardiff to New Orleans, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in August: highs in New Orleans hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Orange Beach.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
On the 17th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Orange Beach trip builder site.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Orange Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in August: highs in Orange Beach hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Clingmans Dome), Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg route planner.

Traveling by flight from Orange Beach to Gatlinburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Orange Beach to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orange Beach in August, Gatlinburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Atlanta.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 1 night

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Gatlinburg to Atlanta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In August, daily temperatures in Atlanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Atlanta

Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Birmingham

— 1 night

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): learn the secrets of beer at Red Clay Tours and then see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Birmingham holiday planner.

Drive from Atlanta to Birmingham in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Birmingham is minus 1 hour. August in Birmingham sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Savannah.

Things to do in Birmingham

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Savannah

— 4 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Savannah is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Savannah day trip planner.

Fly from Birmingham to Savannah in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Savannah sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Savannah

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.