17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Pigeon Forge
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Fly
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savannah
— 2 nights
Fly
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Atlanta
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge

— 2 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clingmans Dome and Zipline. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Valparaiso to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Valparaiso to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. Traveling from Valparaiso in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Pigeon Forge. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Dry Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Grandfather Mountain and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Rough Ridge Lookout (in Linville) and Looking Glass Falls (in Pisgah Forest). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at The North Carolina Arboretum. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Woolworth Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour builder app.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Harpers Ferry itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Asheville to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 1st (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Virginia Beach road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Harpers Ferry to Virginia Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Virginia Beach when traveling from Harpers Ferry in September, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Myrtle Beach State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Huntington Beach State Park, and then examine the collection at Hollywood Wax Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alligator Adventure, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach road trip website.

You can fly from Virginia Beach to Myrtle Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 5th (Wed), kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach and then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Charleston travel route planning website.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 7th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and then stroll through Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savannah trip builder website.

Getting from Charleston to Savannah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Savannah can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Atlanta.

Things to do in Savannah

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 1 night

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Atlanta trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Atlanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Atlanta can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

West Virginia travel guide

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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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.