18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly:  5​h
1
Tallahassee
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Natchez
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Charleston

1
night
Tallahassee

Tallahassee
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Luis de Apalachee, then learn more about the world around you at Tallahassee Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tallahassee online itinerary planner .

Charleston to Tallahassee is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Charleston in December, you will find days in Tallahassee are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tallahassee Museum ©
Tallahassee Museum
Mission San Luis de Apalachee ©
Mission San Luis de Apalachee

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Street and French Quarter are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National WWII Museum and Garden District. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon Zoo and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner .

Fly from Tallahassee to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Tallahassee, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

5
nights
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Get some cultural insight at U.S.S. Cairo Museum and Dunleith Historic Inn. Get in touch with nature at Clark Creek Natural Area and Natchez National Historical Park. Get out of town with these interesting Natchez side-trips: Outlets of Mississippi (in Pearl), Paragon Casino Resort (in Marksville) and Vicksburg National Military Park (in Vicksburg). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Melrose. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, contemplate the long history of Longwood, see the interesting displays at Rosalie Mansion, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Natchez City Cemetery.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Natchez trip itinerary builder .

Getting from New Orleans to Natchez by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New Orleans in December, Natchez is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Natchez

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Vicksburg, Paragon Casino Resort, Outlets of Mississippi, Clark Creek Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Melrose ©
Melrose
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Do your shopping at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. and Memphis Music. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Sun Studio. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Horseshoe Casino (in Tunica) and Cherokee Valley Golf Club (in Olive Branch). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Memphis Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Lichterman Nature Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and stop by Burke's Book Store.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Memphis planning website .

Traveling by car from Natchez to Memphis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Natchez in December, expect nights in Memphis to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Horseshoe Tunica, Cherokee Valley Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Nashville sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

2
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
Roswell is a city in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States. On the 28th (Fri), look for gifts at Atlanta Farmers Market, then look for all kinds of wild species at Stone Mountain Park, and then look for gifts at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Booth Western Art Museum, learn about winemaking at Chateau Elan Winery, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Georgia.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Roswell trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Nashville to Roswell with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Roswell is 1 hour. In December in Roswell, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Elan Winery, Atlanta Farmers Market, Booth Western Art Museum, Stone Mountain Park, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway
Highlights from your plan
Mall of Georgia ©
Mall of Georgia
Booth Western Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park

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