23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour builder

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 6 nights
Drive
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Natchez
— 3 nights
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Memphis

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and St. Peter Catholic Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Graceland and Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery (in Clarksdale), Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica) and Thacker Mountain Rail Trail (in Oxford). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, sample the fine beverages at Old Dominick Distillery, stop by Memphis Music, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis day trip app.

San Francisco to Memphis is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 80°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lotz House Museum and Gallery 202. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, look for gifts at Savannah's Candy Kitchen, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nashville day trip planning app.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork and Cades Cove. Change things up with a short trip to Fontana General Store in Fontana Dam (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 6 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get some historical perspective at French Quarter and Royal Street. The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo, make a trip to Bourbon Street, and witness the site of a historic battle at Chalmette National Historical Park.

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

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Natchez

— 3 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Longwood, browse the exhibits of U.S.S. Cairo Museum, and then take in the history at Texas Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Melrose.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Natchez vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Natchez takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New Orleans in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Natchez, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.