21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Columbus
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Louisville
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Pigeon Forge
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach
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Baltimore
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Columbus

— 2 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Hayden Falls Park. Do your shopping at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Book Loft. Get out of town with these interesting Columbus side-trips: Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve (in Rockbridge) and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, wander the streets of Short North Arts District, get to know the fascinating history of German Village, and engage your brain at COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Columbus trip itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Columbus. In July in Columbus, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a splash at Kentucky Kingdom and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Angel's Envy Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Louisville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Louisville

Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
Bring the kids along to Dollywood and Zipline. Get outdoors at Mount LeConte and Alum Cave Trail. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, and sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Pigeon Forge.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Pigeon Forge takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. July in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Atlanta.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 12th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Your Dekalb Farmers Market, immerse yourself in nature at Stone Mountain Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Chastain Park. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Fox Theatre, then take in the exciting artwork at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, then find something for the whole family at SKYVIEW Atlanta, and finally get in on the family fun at Six Flags Over Georgia.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Atlanta sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Atlanta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In July, daytime highs in Atlanta are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Savannah.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Tybee Island Beach, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Savannah Historic District. On the next day, stroll through Burkes Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Savannah trip planner.

Getting from Atlanta to Savannah by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July in Savannah, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by The Hidden Countship, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Charleston City Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Beach Public Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Charleston visit planner.

Drive from Savannah to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Charleston sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 18th (Sat), take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Backstage Mirror Maze, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtle Beach and then catch some excitement at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Myrtle Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Charleston to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 20th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then stroll through Sandbridge Beach, and finally make a trip to Flame of Hope Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Myrtle Beach to Virginia Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. In July, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Baltimore.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Baltimore

— 2 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and then get your game on at Urban Axes Baltimore. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Baltimore journey planner.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Baltimore in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.