21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Blue Ridge
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Cullman
— 1 night
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Shiloh
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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White Castle
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Blue Ridge

— 2 nights

Historic High Country

A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
For shopping fun, head to Highlander Gallery or Skylake Galleries. Appreciate the collections at Mark of the Potter and Main Street Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Blue Ridge side-trips: Bleu Gallery (in Dahlonega), The Pickled Peach (in Helen) and Marketplace Antiques (in Murphy). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and learn about winemaking at Stonewall Creek Vineyards.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Blue Ridge day trip planning site.

Atlanta to Blue Ridge is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta in May, Blue Ridge is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Fowler's Clay Works and Elizabeth Ellison Gallery. Head to Smoky Mountain Knife Works and The Village Shopsfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, shop like a local with Alewine Pottery, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg road trip planning app.

Getting from Blue Ridge to Gatlinburg by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Appreciate the collections at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. For shopping fun, head to Gallery 202 or Country View Market. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Silver Ridge Pottery (in Lebanon) and Franklin (David Arms Gallery, The Copper Fox Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville day trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cullman.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cullman

— 1 night
Cullman is a city and the county seat of Cullman County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of 3rd Street Promenade, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, then stop by Beehive Bathhouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cullman day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Cullman takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Nashville in May, plan for slightly colder days in Cullman, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Cullman

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Shiloh

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiloh National Military Park, and then look for gifts at Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shiloh trip site.

Drive from Cullman to Shiloh in 2.5 hours. May in Shiloh sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Shiloh

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Memphis

— 2 nights

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 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Graceland and then look for gifts at S.Y. Wilson and Company. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online visit planner.

You can drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to White Castle.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

White Castle

— 1 night
White Castle a town in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. On the 16th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Houmas House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Nottoway Plantation.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our White Castle trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Memphis to White Castle takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in White Castle are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in White Castle

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
The National WWII Museum and New Orleans Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Royal Street and Rodrigue Studiofor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, make a trip to Jackson Square, look for gifts at Louisiana Music Factory, and shop like a local with M.S. Rau.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner.

Traveling by car from White Castle to New Orleans takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from White Castle in May, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Military Museums · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.