15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Charlotte
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Orange Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Charlotte

— 3 nights

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charlotte: The Millstone Gallery (in Landrum), Greenville (Falls Park on the Reedy & Dark Corner Distillery) and Zipline (in Blowing Rock). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Denton Farm Park, take an in-depth tour of Korner's Folly, tee off at Tanglewood Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at NoDa Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Charlotte. In December in Charlotte, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Charlotte

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevier Distilling Company, &more). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, and make a splash at Dollywood.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Charlotte to Gatlinburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gatlinburg, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Orange Beach

— 2 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Foley Railroad Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fairhope Avenue and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Orange Beach online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Orange Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Orange Beach is a bit warmer than Gatlinburg - with highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, stroll around New Orleans City Park, and admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New Orleans holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Orange Beach in December, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Room, then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Nashville by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in December since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

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.