22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Richmond
— 1 night
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Arlington
— 1 night
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Franklin Lakes
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Branson
— 5 nights
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Fort Smith
— 2 nights
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Dallas
— 1 night
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Memphis

— 1 night

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.
For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis route maker website.

Willis to Memphis is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Room.

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You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Richmond.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites
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Richmond

— 1 night

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Maymont.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Richmond online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Richmond takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Richmond, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Richmond are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Richmond

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Arlington

— 1 night

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 4th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Air Force Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arlington trip site.

Getting from Richmond to Arlington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Franklin Lakes.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites

Franklin Lakes

— 3 nights
Franklin Lakes is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, then examine the collection at Sterling Hill Mining Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Franklin Lakes road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Arlington to Franklin Lakes with the Route module. Traveling from Arlington in May, Franklin Lakes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Philadelphia.

Things to do in Franklin Lakes

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Step out of Philadelphia to go to Valley Forge and see Valley Forge National Historical Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, shop like a local with Rittenhouse Square, get to know the resident critters at Philadelphia Zoo, and trek along Kelly Drive.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Franklin Lakes to Philadelphia in 2 hours. In May in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Randyland, then steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then traverse land and water with a duck tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh journey website.

Getting from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Louisville.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, then try to win big at Churchill Downs, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Angel's Envy Distillery, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville road trip planning site.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Louisville in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Louisville are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Nature

Branson

— 5 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Branson: Eureka Springs (Thorncrown Chapel, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Sat) at Silver Dollar City. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, don't miss a visit to Dancing Water Fountain, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Butterfly Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to Branson takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Branson is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Smith

— 2 nights
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Clayton House and then stroll the grounds of Fort Smith National Cemetery. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Van Buren River Valley Museum Association.

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You can drive from Branson to Fort Smith in 3 hours. In May in Fort Smith, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dallas.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then wander the streets of Lifestylez Nails Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, then stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to Grassy Knoll.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Smith to Dallas in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Smith in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Dallas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.