23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Bus + Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Wartburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
12
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
13
Chicago
— Few hours
Fly + Bus:  12​h
End: Belfast

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nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, and then take a stroll through The Loop. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cowles Bog and then immerse yourself in nature at Indiana Dunes State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

Belfast, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Belfast to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belfast in September; daily highs in Chicago reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chesterton
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
The Loop ©
The Loop

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Knoxville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Knoxville. In September, daytime highs in Knoxville are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Asheville.
Highlights from your plan
University of Tennessee ©
University of Tennessee

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Art Gallery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle.

Find out how to plan Asheville trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Knoxville to Asheville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Urban Trail ©
Urban Trail
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataloochee Valley. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, then explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops, then take in the awesome beauty at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg holiday builder app .

Getting from Asheville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Wartburg.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mountain Farm Museum, Cataloochee Valley
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Mountain Farm Museum ©
Mountain Farm Museum

3
nights
Wartburg

Wartburg ©
Wartburg is a city in Morgan County, Tennessee, United States. On the 14th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Twin Arches and then trek along Colditz Cove State Natural Area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Tennessee Valley Winery and then contemplate the waterfront views at Obed Wild & Scenic River.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wartburg tour itinerary builder site .

Drive from Gatlinburg to Wartburg in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Wartburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Wartburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tennessee Valley Winery, Twin Arches, Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Twin Arches ©
Twin Arches
Colditz Cove State Natural Area ©
Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Obed Wild & Scenic River ©
Obed Wild & Scenic River

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Explore hidden gems such as Bowie Nature Park and Tennessee State Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Radnor Lake State Park. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, admire the masterpieces at Frist Center for Visual Arts, and browse the collection at Nashville Public Library.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nashville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Wartburg to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wartburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bowie Nature Park, Stones River National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, then examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Saint Louis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. On the 20th (Thu), look for gifts at John Deere Store, play a few rounds at TPC Deere Run, and then contemplate the long history of Pine Creek Grist Mill.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Davenport trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Davenport takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Davenport

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

John Deere Store, Pine Creek Grist Mill, TPC Deere Run
Highlights from your plan
TPC Deere Run ©
TPC Deere Run
Pine Creek Grist Mill ©
Pine Creek Grist Mill
John Deere Store ©
John Deere Store

1
night
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 21st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at French Regional Park and then admire all the interesting features of Fort Snelling State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Davenport to Minneapolis. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Davenport in September: highs in Minneapolis hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Snelling State Park, French Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Snelling State Park ©
Fort Snelling State Park

2
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Duluth Depot, then hike along Superior Hiking Trail, and then visit a coastal fixture at Two Harbors Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Jay Cooke State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth trip maker tool .

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Congdon Park ©
Congdon Park
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): shop like a local with Piragis Northwoods Company, then see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, and then trek along Bass Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely day trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Ely when traveling from Duluth in September, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Bass Lake Trail ©
Bass Lake Trail
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Escape the urban bustle at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve and Fort Snelling State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like French Regional Park and Red Wing Shoes. When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, approximately 1h 25 min away.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Ely to Minneapolis by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Minneapolis: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Crystal Cave, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, Red Wing Shoes, Fort Snelling State Park, French Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cave ©
Crystal Cave
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ©
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Fort Snelling State Park ©
Fort Snelling State Park

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Chicago

Chicago ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Michigan and then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Minneapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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