16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nashville
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Atlanta
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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 13th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Nashville Flea Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville road trip planning site .

Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

David Arms Gallery, Montgomery Bell State Park
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Montgomery Bell State Park ©
Montgomery Bell State Park
David Arms Gallery ©
David Arms Gallery
Nashville Flea Market ©
Nashville Flea Market

1
night
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hike along Tall Man's Misery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave Campground, and then trek along Cedar Sink Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park travel site .

You can drive from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave Campground
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Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Mammoth Cave Campground ©
Mammoth Cave Campground

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Explore hidden gems such as Tom Branch Falls and Mingus Mill. Get in touch with nature at Charlies Bunion and Elkmont Ghost Town. Step out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an excursion to Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail ©
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail
Charlies Bunion ©
Charlies Bunion

4
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dauset Trails and Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Atlanta: Engelheim Vineyard (in Ellijay), Indian Springs State Park (in Flovilla) and Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery (in Talking Rock). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Buford Highway Farmers Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Atlanta trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Atlanta. In September in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Dauset Trails, Indian Springs State Park, Engelheim Vineyard, Arabia Mountain
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Dauset Trails ©
Dauset Trails
Panola Mountain State Park ©
Panola Mountain State Park
Myrtle Hill Cemetery ©
Myrtle Hill Cemetery

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), engage your brain at Carolina Raptor Center, view the masterpieces at Foundation For The Carolinas, and then take a stroll through SouthPark. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Mountain National Military Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Charlotte trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Charlotte takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Charlotte are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kings Mountain National Military Park, Carolina Raptor Center
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Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center
Foundation For The Carolinas ©
Foundation For The Carolinas

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Do your shopping at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts and Black Bear Art Studio. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Port Republic Museum and Dean Cemetery. Take a break from Shenandoah National Park with a short trip to White Oak Canyon Trail in Syria, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Elkwallow Picnic Area, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Limberlost Trail, and learn about winemaking at Stone Mountain Vineyards.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Charlotte to Shenandoah National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

McGaheysville, Stone Mountain Vineyards, White Oak Canyon Trail, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Port Republic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Elkwallow Picnic Area ©
Elkwallow Picnic Area
Port Republic Museum ©
Port Republic Museum
Stone Mountain Vineyards ©
Stone Mountain Vineyards

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