15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tupelo
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, and finally steep yourself in history at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online visit planner .

Sydney, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

2
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores ©
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Gulf State Park and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, look for gifts at Chocolate Corner, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Morgan State Historic Site, and then take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from New Orleans to Gulf Shores by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Gulf Shores: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Tupelo.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Tupelo

Tupelo ©
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Tupelo Automobile Museum, steep yourself in history at Natchez Trace Pkwy, and then contemplate the long history of Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tupelo online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gulf Shores to Tupelo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Gulf Shores in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Tupelo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Tupelo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tupelo Automobile Museum ©
Tupelo Automobile Museum
Natchez Trace Pkwy ©
Natchez Trace Pkwy
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum ©

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
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 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Carter House, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Copper Fox Gallery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, then examine the collection at Carnton, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville sightseeing app .

You can fly from Tupelo to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 9th (Tue), experience rural life at Charleston Tea Plantation, take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Oak Tree, then take an in-depth tour of Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and finally view the masterpieces at One Of A Kind. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House and then enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Beach Public Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Charleston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Charleston is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Charleston when traveling from Nashville in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak Tree, Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Nathaniel Russell House ©
Nathaniel Russell House

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, contemplate the long history of Owens-Thomas House, then admire the striking features of Mickve Israel Temple, and finally wander the streets of Savannah Historic District. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Savannah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Charleston to Savannah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 13th (Sat), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hilton Head online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savannah to Hilton Head takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Parasailing & Paragliding

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