23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Corning
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend), Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, stop by Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, and admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg travel planning website.

Orlando to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Orlando in July, Gatlinburg is little chillier at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 7th (Thu), Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Mountain. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Corning.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Tours · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Corning

— 5 nights
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. Step off the beaten path and head to Watkins Glen State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Letchworth State Park and Seneca Lake Wine Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corning: Stony Brook State Park (in Dansville) and Pine Creek Rail Trail (in Wellsboro). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass, stop by The Christmas House, trek along Catharine Valley Trail, and admire the masterpieces at The Rockwell Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Corning journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Chattanooga to Corning takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chattanooga in July: high temperatures in Corning hover around 83°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Corning

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 3 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Get outdoors at Mammoth Cave and Cedar Sink Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fat Man's Misery and Echo River. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Green River, trek along Tall Man's Misery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Corning to Mammoth Cave National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corning to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Corning in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc.. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our South Padre Island online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to South Padre Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in South Padre Island, with lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Take a break from the city and head to Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Comal River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Barton Springs Pool and National Museum of the Pacific War. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (in Fredericksburg) and Natural Bridge Caverns (in San Antonio). There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and explore and take pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Austin online holiday planner.

Fly from South Padre Island to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Austin, with highs around 98°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 3 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 in touch with nature at Ultimate Swamp Adventures and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get in on the family fun at Carousel Gardens, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip website.

Fly from Austin to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.