25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Roanoke
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapphire
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  17​h
End: Philadelphia

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, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and then identify plant and animal life at Indian Head Rail Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Washington DC travel itinerary planner .

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Indian Head Rail Trail, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at River Hill Wine & Spirits.

To find maps and tourist information, read Luray day trip planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Luray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Luray is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Roanoke.

Things to do in Luray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Roanoke

Roanoke ©
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Patrick Henry's Red Hill and George C. Marshall Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and New River Trail State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Roanoke side-trips: Virginia Safari Park (in Natural Bridge) and Claytor Lake State Park (in Dublin). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Roanoke day trip tool .

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 bus and flight. May in Roanoke sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. 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

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, New River Trail State Park, George C. Marshall Museum, Claytor Lake State 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Urban Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Asheville Drum Circle, then learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Burntshirt Vineyards, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Roanoke to Asheville in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapphire.

Things to do in Asheville

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hendersonville
Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards ©
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

1
night
Sapphire

Sapphire ©
On the 12th (Sun), trek along Devil's Courthouse, 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.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapphire journey tool .

Traveling by car from Asheville to Sapphire takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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 Roaring Fork and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Trinity Episcopal Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome & Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sapphire to Gatlinburg takes 2.5 hours. In May in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, then get to know the fascinating history of Bluff View Art District, and then see the interesting displays at Hunter Museum of American Art. Keep things going 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.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Lotz House Museum and Frist Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville driving holiday planner .

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

George Dickel Distillery, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
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.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Delta Blues Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Sun Studio. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Horseshoe Casino (in Tunica) and The Rock & Blues Museum (in Clarksdale). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, and look for gifts at Memphis Music.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Memphis, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

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 ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum