25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
2
Luray
— 2 nights
3
Roanoke
— 4 nights
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
5
Sapphire
— 1 night
6
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
7
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
8
Nashville
— 3 nights
9
Memphis
— 3 nights

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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 stroll through 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.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Washington DC vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In May in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Town, Indian Head Rail Trail
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Hill ©
Capitol Hill
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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 do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, 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 · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, Copper Fox Distillery, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Desert Rose Ranch & Winery ©
Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
Copper Fox Distillery ©
Copper Fox Distillery

4
nights
Roanoke

Roanoke ©
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Virginia Safari Park and Claytor Lake State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roanoke: Patrick Henry's Red Hill (in Brookneal), George C. Marshall Museum (in Lexington) and New River Trail State Park (in Max Meadows). There's more to do: appreciate the views at 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

Side Trips

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, Claytor Lake State Park, Patrick Henry's Red Hill, Virginia Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Patrick Henry's Red Hill ©
Patrick Henry's Red Hill

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
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 bus and train. 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

Side Trip

Hendersonville
Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Burntshirt Vineyards ©
Burntshirt Vineyards
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

1
night
Sapphire

Sapphire ©
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

Side Trips

Highlands, Devil's Courthouse, Cashiers Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Devil's Courthouse ©
Devil's Courthouse
Bust Your Butt Falls ©
Bust Your Butt Falls

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
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 Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse. 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. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online travel planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse ©
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

2
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history 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.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga journey builder site.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Fort Oglethorpe, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, The Georgia Winery
Highlights from your plan
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields ©
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Hunter Museum of American Art ©
Hunter Museum of American Art

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 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

Side Trips

Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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 St. Peter Catholic Church. Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Delta Blues Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: The Rock & Blues Museum (in Clarksdale) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, and contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

Plan trip to Memphis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Clarksdale, Horseshoe Tunica, Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
The Delta Blues Museum ©
The Delta Blues Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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