18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Nashville
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San Antonio

— 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio trip planner.

Los Angeles to San Antonio is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to San Antonio. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get a bit warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 93°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Austin, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Austin road trip tool.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Austin sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner.

Drive from Austin to New Orleans in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in June, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 83°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Olympic Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, and then stroll around Piedmont Park. On the next day, examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola, explore the world behind art at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then admire the landmark architecture of Fox Theatre.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta day trip site.

Getting from New Orleans to Atlanta by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Atlanta, with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nightlife

Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately Hartford away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, and examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge travel planner.

Drive from Atlanta to Pigeon Forge in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and car. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nashville itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.