25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Luray
— 2 nights
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Roanoke
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Sapphire
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Washington DC

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Head Rail Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Capitol Hill, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip site.

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Luray

— 2 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at River Hill Wine & Spirits.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Luray travel planning app.

You can drive from Washington DC to Luray in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Luray is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Roanoke.

Things to do in Luray

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Roanoke

— 4 nights
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. Escape the urban bustle at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Claytor Lake State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Patrick Henry's Red Hill and St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roanoke: New River Trail State Park (in Max Meadows), Virginia Safari Park (in Natural Bridge) and George C. Marshall Museum (in Lexington). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Peaks of Otter Visitor Center.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Roanoke trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Luray to Roanoke takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Roanoke are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Asheville.

Things to do in Roanoke

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Urban Trail. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Asheville Drum Circle, learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Burntshirt Vineyards, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Roanoke to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sapphire.

Things to do in Asheville

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Sapphire

— 1 night
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Devil's Courthouse, then admire the sheer force of Bust Your Butt Falls, then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sapphire trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Asheville to Sapphire by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sapphire are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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

You can drive from Sapphire to Gatlinburg in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 16th (Thu), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bluff View Art District, and then admire the striking features of Hunter Museum of American Art. On the next day, witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, then take in the history at Chickamauga Battlefield, and finally learn about winemaking at The Georgia Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga attractions site.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lotz House Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Lane Motor Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel in Tullahoma--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nashville sightseeing planner.

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Rock & Blues Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: The Delta Blues Museum (in Clarksdale) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, sample the fine beverages at Pyramid Vodka, make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, and try your luck at Southland Casino Racing.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Memphis using our trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Memphis sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.