20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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Charlotte
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

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Charlotte

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens and St Peter's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve. Explore Charlotte's surroundings by going to Overmountain Vineyards (in Tryon), The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville) and Tanglewood Park (in Clemmons). There's lots more to do: browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Muddy River Distillery, and browse the exhibits of Carolina Raptor Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Charlotte trip planner.

Baltimore to Charlotte is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Baltimore in March, expect nights in Charlotte to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
The Lazy 5 Ranch ©
The Lazy 5 Ranch

2
nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then admire the striking features of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, admire all the interesting features of Rich Mountain Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cades Cove.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip site.

You can fly from Charlotte to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo, stop by Memphis Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Memphis route builder website.

Getting from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): Head underground at King's Palace, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Memphis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Memphis in March: highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Antelope Canyon. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planning website.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 11.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in March: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 57°F and lows are around 23°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 10 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 64°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salvation Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in March; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 75°F and lows reach 50°F. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in March, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 53°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
North Dome ©
North Dome

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