22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Roanoke
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
8
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Washington DC

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 10th (Thu), learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In October in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Walking tours
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1
night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Limberlost Trail, then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Rose River Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Shenandoah River Adventures.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Shenandoah National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Roanoke.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls
Rose River Falls ©
Rose River Falls

1
night
Roanoke

Roanoke ©
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Roanoke travel planner.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to Roanoke by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Roanoke

Historic Sites
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St. John's Episcopal Church ©
St. John's Episcopal Church

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 14th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): hike along Craggy Gardens, explore and take pictures at Justus Orchard, then explore and take pictures at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville journey builder .

You can drive from Roanoke to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Asheville sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Nashville.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hendersonville, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard ©
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
Justus Orchard ©
Justus Orchard

3
nights
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 16th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip tool .

You can drive from Asheville to Nashville in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Nashville is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Graceland, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Escape My Room New Orleans and Whitney Plantation. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, stroll around New Orleans Musical Legends Park, see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, and make a trip to French Quarter.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans sightseeing site .

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in October, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Hyde Park (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum & Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site), Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, explore and take pictures at Madison Square Garden, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City route site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in New York City when traveling from New Orleans in October, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Grounds For Sculpture, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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