24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 6 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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New Orleans

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Chalmette National Historical Park and Marsh and Bayou Outfitters. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Tammany Trace in Slidell--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, appreciate the history behind Our Sacred Stories, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and explore the striking landscape of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip itinerary planning website.

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in New Orleans at 16°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gulf State Park and Orange Beach Waterfront Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Confederate Rest Cemetery and Holmes Medical Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gulf Shores: Presley's Outing (in Moss Point) and Alligator Alley (in Summerdale). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, trek along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gulf Shores vacation website.

Drive from New Orleans to Gulf Shores in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New Orleans in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gulf Shores, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

5
nights
Nashville

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Carter Gin Assault Site Park. Get outdoors at Fat Man's Misery and Tall Man's Misery. Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave, &more), Carter House (in Franklin) and 1921 Standard Oil Station (in Bowling Green). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Crockett Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip maker app.

Fly from Gulf Shores to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, Nashville is little chillier than Gulf Shores - with highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Memphis

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.
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Johnny Cash House will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Graceland and The Peabody Ducks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: Thacker Mountain Rail Trail (in Oxford), Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, look for gifts at Margaretes Fine Chocolates, make a trip to Beale Street, and explore and take pictures at Natchez Trace Pkwy.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis online road trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. Escape the urban bustle at Cades Cove and Rockefeller Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park journey planning site.

You can fly from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In January, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

United States travel guide

4.5
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.