20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Ocean City
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Ocean City

— 1 night

The White Marlin Capital of the World

One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): walk around Northside Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean City Beach, and then wander the streets of Ocean City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, take a memorable tour with Ayers Creek Adventures, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Ocean City Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ocean City travel route planner.

New York City to Ocean City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Ocean City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a splash at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, and then steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ocean City to Williamsburg in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ocean City in July, expect nights in Williamsburg to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bryson City.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Tsali Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Long Creek (Chattooga Belle Farm & Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours), Old Jail Museum (in Hayesville) and Yellow Branch Falls (in Mountain Rest). There's much more to do: get outside with Carolina Outfitters, admire all the interesting features of Cherohala Skyway, and go deep underground at Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bryson City tour app.

Traveling by flight from Williamsburg to Bryson City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Williamsburg in July: high temperatures in Bryson City hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bryson City to Pigeon Forge takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Pigeon Forge when traveling from Bryson City in July, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 12th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pigeon River. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, then enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg road trip planning website.

Gatlinburg is just a stone's throw from Pigeon Forge. In July in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chimneys Picnic Area and Ramsey Cascades. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls, admire all the interesting features of Little River Road, and hike along Grotto Falls Parking.

Plan my day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Nathaniel Russell House and then kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Charleston travel route builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Charleston. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Charleston, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. On the 20th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Myrtle Beach, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Myrtle Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.