15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Chincoteague Island
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Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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Natural Bridge
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Ocoee
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 3 nights
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Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to Chincoteague Cultural Alliance and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chincoteague Island online vacation planner.

Washington DC to Chincoteague Island is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chincoteague Island are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Outdoors · Tours

Harpers Ferry

— 2 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and then don't miss a visit to Monument to Heyward Shepherd. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, then wander the wide-open spaces of Rocking S Ranch, and finally sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry trip builder website.

You can drive from Chincoteague Island to Harpers Ferry in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chincoteague Island in August, plan for little chillier nights in Harpers Ferry, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Limberlost Trail, trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Harpers Ferry to Shenandoah National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Natural Bridge

— 1 night
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Kingdom II, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caverns At Natural Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Natural Bridge Wax Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Natural Bridge State Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Natural Bridge trip planner.

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Natural Bridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Shenandoah National Park in August; daily highs in Natural Bridge reach 71°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Newfound Gap Road and Roaring Fork. Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Falls Parking and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing). Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Natural Bridge to Gatlinburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. Traveling from Natural Bridge in August, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ocoee

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at Christmas is Here!, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Ocoee River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): relax and float downstream with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ocoee day trip tool.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ocoee are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 3 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Diamond Caverns and Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. Step out of the city life by going to Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum and Lost River Cave. Step out of Bowling Green to go to Glasgow and see 212 on the Main, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Chaney's Dairy Barn, don't miss a visit to 1921 Standard Oil Station, and buy something for everyone on your list at Greenwood Mall.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Bowling Green takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ocoee to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. In August in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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.