17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Cookeville
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Baxter
— 1 day
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Columbia
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Little Rock
— 1 night
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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Amarillo
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Cookeville

— 2 nights
Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Cummins Falls State Park, then admire the sheer force of Burgess Falls State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fall Creek Falls.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cookeville road trip tool.

Johnson City to Cookeville is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Johnson City to Cookeville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Baxter.

Things to do in Cookeville

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Baxter

— 1 day
Baxter is a town in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Edgar Evins State Park and then do a tasting at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Baxter sightseeing site.

Baxter is just a stone's throw from Cookeville. In May, daytime highs in Baxter are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Baxter

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing as well as Nashville Parthenon. On the 17th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Nashville Parthenon. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nashville tour itinerary website.

Getting from Baxter to Nashville by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Columbia.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Columbia

— 2 nights
Columbia is a city in and the county seat of Maury County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at President James K. Polk Home & Museum, then stop by Duck River Books, and then don't miss a visit to Leiper's Fork. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with David Arms Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Leiper's Fork Distillery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at H Clark Distillery, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally stroll around Chickasaw Trace County Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Columbia trip app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Columbia takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Columbia are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Columbia

Shopping · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 21st (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then see the interesting displays at Graceland, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip builder site.

You can drive from Columbia to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Little Rock.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Little Rock

— 1 night

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of The Old Mill, then walk around Riverfront Park, and finally don't miss a visit to La Petit Roche Plaza.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Little Rock sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Little Rock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Dallas.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and then examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Grassy Knoll and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dallas road trip site.

Getting from Little Rock to Dallas by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. May in Dallas sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Amarillo.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Amarillo

— 2 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, examine the collection at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, and then make a trip to Cadillac Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District and then get a taste of life in the country at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amarillo trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Dallas to Amarillo by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in May, Amarillo is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online day trip planner.

Drive from Amarillo to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Santa Fe. In May, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Amarillo - with highs of 73°F and lows of 43°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 day
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): trek along Bright Angel Trail.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online route builder.

Drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 68°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.