17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary builder

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Franklin
— 1 night
Fly
2
Orange Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Natchez
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Vicksburg
— 1 night
Fly
5
Lexington
— 1 night
Drive
6
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Hartford
— 1 night
Fly
8
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive
9
Bentonville
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Franklin

— 1 night
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at McLemore House, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, and then explore the galleries of Carter House. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, take in the history at Carnton, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Franklin online route maker.

Durham to Franklin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Durham to Franklin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Franklin can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Orange Beach

— 2 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): walk around Orange Beach Waterfront Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in panoramic vistas at Wharf Ferris Wheel. On the next day, kick back and relax at Alabama Point East, trek along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and then witness the site of a historic battle at FORT MORGAN HISTORIC SITE.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Orange Beach trip planner.

Fly from Franklin to Orange Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Orange Beach can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Natchez

— 2 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Longwood, then contemplate the long history of Rosalie Mansion, and finally contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Melrose and then stroll the grounds of Natchez City Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Natchez journey planner.

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to Natchez takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vicksburg.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Vicksburg

— 1 night
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, step aboard U.S.S. Cairo Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Vicksburg National Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vicksburg trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Natchez to Vicksburg takes 1.5 hours. In June in Vicksburg, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Mary Todd Lincoln House, then sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, then admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Vicksburg to Lexington takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vicksburg to Lexington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vicksburg in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Lexington, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cades Cove and Abrams Falls Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotto Falls Parking and Chimney Tops Trail. There's still lots to do: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, trek along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lexington to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In June, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hartford.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Hartford

— 1 night
On the 30th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Bush's Visitor Center, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hartford trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hartford. In June, daily temperatures in Hartford can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Hartford

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 1 night

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 1st (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hot Springs Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, then stop by Bathhouse Soapery, and finally get your game on at 4D Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs, stroll through Grand Promenade, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Chapel, and finally admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Hartford to Hot Springs takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Hartford in July, expect Hot Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 92°F and 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bentonville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Bentonville

— 3 nights
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Compton Gardens and Conference Center, explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then make a trip to The Buckyball. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): engage your brain at Scott Family Amazeum, see the interesting displays at The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Native American History, then stroll around Bentonville Town Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bentonville online visit planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Bentonville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hot Springs in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bentonville: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 69°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentonville

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.