21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Helen
— 2 nights
Fly
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Orange Beach
— 2 nights
Drive to Fort Morgan, Ferry to Dauphin Island
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Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tupelo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vicksburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Natchez
— 3 nights
Drive to Baton Rouge, Fly to Columbia

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Helen

— 2 nights

Georgia's Alpine Village

A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Unicoi State Park, stroll around Unicoi Hill Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Betty's Country Store, and finally see the interesting displays at Charlemagne's Kingdom. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Alpine Mini Golf, then get your game on at Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chattahoochee River, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helen tour itinerary maker tool.

Columbia to Helen is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Columbia in July: high temperatures in Helen hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Helen

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Orange Beach

— 2 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Orange Beach Waterfront Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Alabama Point East. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, take in the history at Fort Morgan Historic Site, then look for gifts at Chocolate Corner, and finally don't miss a visit to Wharf Ferris Wheel.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Orange Beach trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helen to Orange Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Helen to Orange Beach is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helen in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Orange Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Dauphin Island

— 2 nights
Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then immerse yourself in nature at Indian Shell Mound Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines and then stroll through Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dauphin Island trip app.

Getting from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): do a tasting at The Winery of Hot Springs, examine the collection at The Galaxy Connection, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, then take in the awesome beauty at Hot Springs Mountain, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Promenade, then get your game on at 4D Adventure, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, and finally look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dauphin Island to Hot Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then see the interesting displays at The George Jones, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Nashville, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nashville itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Nashville in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roaring Fork and Grotto Falls Parking. Get in touch with nature at Alum Cave Trail and Chimneys Picnic Area. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town, and get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tupelo.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Tupelo

— 2 nights
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the history at Tupelo National Battlefield, then brush up on your military savvy at Tupelo Veteran's Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Oren Dunn City Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Tupelo Automobile Museum, then don't miss a visit to Vietnam Memorial Replica Wall, then steep yourself in history at Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, and finally look for gifts at Margaretes Fine Chocolates.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tupelo journey planning app.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Tupelo with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Tupelo are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vicksburg.

Things to do in Tupelo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Vicksburg

— 2 nights
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of U.S.S. Cairo Museum, contemplate the long history of McNutt House Tour, then examine the collection at Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, and finally take in the views from Vicksburg Bridge. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Trinity, stroll around Catfish Row Children's Art Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Texas Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Southern Heritage Air Foundation.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Vicksburg trip planner.

Getting from Tupelo to Vicksburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. August in Vicksburg sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Natchez

— 3 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 17th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of LSP Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clark Creek Natural Area, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Natchez National Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Stratton Chapel Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica, then take an in-depth tour of Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, and finally steep yourself in history at Choctaw Hall.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Natchez online road trip planner.

You can drive from Vicksburg to Natchez in 1.5 hours. August in Natchez sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · 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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.