16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  1​h
1
Columbia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States, and is one of the principal cities of the Baltimore metropolitan area. On the 10th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Lake Kittamaqundi and then identify plant and animal life at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Shrine of St. Anthony, then witness the site of a historic battle at Monocacy National Battlefield, and then play a few rounds at Worthington Manor Golf Club.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Columbia trip planner .

Washington DC to Columbia is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Columbia to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Columbia

Wildlife Parks Golf

Side Trips

The Shrine of St. Anthony, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Worthington Manor Golf Club, Monocacy National Battlefield
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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary ©
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Monocacy National Battlefield ©
Monocacy National Battlefield
Worthington Manor Golf Club ©
Worthington Manor Golf Club

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Immaculate Conception Church and Old St. Patrick's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Whitney Plantation (in Wallace) and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens (in Darrow). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Ultimate Swamp Adventures and partake in some friendly competition at Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Columbia to New Orleans with the Route module. Traveling from Columbia to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Columbia in August, with lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Whitney Plantation, Ultimate Swamp Adventures
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Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get some historical perspective at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum and Union Station. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Mary's Glacier and Summit Lake Park. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Flatirons (in Boulder) and Easy Street Casino (in Central City). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from New Orleans to Denver takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Denver is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from New Orleans in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Easy Street Casino, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

1
night
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Bricktown, then admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Osteology, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Old Cathedral. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Science Museum Oklahoma and then stroll through Oklahoma City Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Oklahoma City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Oklahoma City. Traveling from Denver in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Oklahoma City: highs are around 91°F and lows about 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Osteology ©
Museum of Osteology
Science Museum Oklahoma ©
Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Zoo ©
Oklahoma City Zoo

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Upper Room Chapel & Christian Museum and Carter Vintage Guitars. Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro) and Franklin (Carter House & Carnton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, take a stroll through Downtown Franklin, and get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown).

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nashville travel planner.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Nashville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

3
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chickamauga Battlefield and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Rock City Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Chattanooga to Ocoee to see Adventures Unlimited about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga online trip builder .

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In August in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Oglethorpe, Adventures Unlimited, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, River Rafting & Tubing, Rock City Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Chickamauga Battlefield ©
Chickamauga Battlefield

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