21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Helen
— 2 nights
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Orange Beach
— 2 nights
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Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Tupelo
— 2 nights
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Vicksburg
— 2 nights
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Natchez
— 3 nights

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Helen

Helen
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 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; 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 travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Helen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Unicoi State Park
Unicoi State Park
Alpine Mini Golf ©
Alpine Mini Golf
River Rafting & Tubing

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Orange Beach

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 take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally stroll through Alabama Point East. On the next day, trek along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, then contemplate the long history of Fort Morgan State Historic Site, then look for gifts at Chocolate Corner, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Wharf Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Orange Beach trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Helen to Orange Beach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Orange Beach when traveling from Helen in August, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Dauphin Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge ©
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

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Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island ©
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 explore the galleries of 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 taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car 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 travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Dauphin Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fort Gaines ©
Fort Gaines
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium ©
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
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 identify plant and animal life 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 7 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 drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo ©
Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade
Hot Springs Mountain ©
Hot Springs Mountain

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then examine the collection at The George Jones, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Nashville, and then stop by 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 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 · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The George Jones ©
The George Jones
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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 Alum Cave Trail. Get in touch with nature at Grotto Falls Parking and Porters Creek Trail. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, 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.

You can fly from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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
Highlights from your plan
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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Tupelo

Tupelo ©
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.

Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Tupelo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and subway. 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 · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum ©
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
Tupelo Automobile Museum ©
Tupelo Automobile Museum
Tupelo National Battlefield ©
Tupelo National Battlefield

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Vicksburg

Vicksburg ©
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 Vicksburg National Military Park, 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 do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. 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

Southern Heritage Air Foundation
Highlights from your plan
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Southern Heritage Air Foundation ©
Southern Heritage Air Foundation
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum ©
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

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Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of LSP Museum, then identify plant and animal life 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Clark Creek Natural Area, Delta Music Museum, LSP Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary Basilica ©
St. Mary Basilica
LSP Museum ©
LSP Museum
Clark Creek Natural Area ©
Clark Creek Natural Area

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