18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Knoxville
— 3 nights
drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Washington DC

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Lost River Cave and Diamond Caverns. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary maker tool .

Washington DC to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lost River Cave, Lotz House Museum, Diamond Caverns
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Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave

3
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Family-friendly places like Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited). And it doesn't end there: partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Mountain, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and have fun and explore at Wayne-O-Rama.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga route maker website .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium

3
nights
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like American Museum of Science and Energy and Zoo Knoxville. Take a break from Knoxville with a short trip to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Middlesboro, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Ijams Nature Center, make a trip to Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Knoxville trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Smoky Mountain Knife Works, American Museum of Science and Energy, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
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Zoo Knoxville ©
Zoo Knoxville
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park ©
Ijams Nature Center ©
Ijams Nature Center

5
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Chimneys Picnic Area and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, trek along Alum Cave Trail, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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