26 days in North Carolina, Virginia & Tennessee Itinerary

26 days in North Carolina, Virginia & Tennessee Itinerary

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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 1 night

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Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wilmington: Surf City (Surf City Jet Ski Rentals & Topsail Island) and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (in Kure Beach). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Noni Bacca Winery, stop by The Veggie Wagon, kick back and relax at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, and make a trip to Riverwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilmington trip planner.

Thomaston to Wilmington is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

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Winery / Vineyard
Noni Bacca Winery
4.7
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Neighborhood
Historic District
4.5

2
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Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see Off-Road Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Currituck Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at Corolla Adventure Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Corolla road trip planning site.

Getting from Wilmington to Corolla by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Corolla sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8

3
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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Step out of Virginia Beach to go to Norfolk and see VisitNorfolk Tourist Information Center, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, and take in the pleasant sights at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Corolla to Virginia Beach in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

3
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Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Tue) at Water Country USA. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Williamsburg Winery, contemplate the long history of Yorktown Battlefield, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

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Getting from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Water Park
Water Country USA
4.3
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Winery / Vineyard
Williamsburg Winery
4.1

2
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Arlington

Arlington ©

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Pentagon Memorial, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, then appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arlington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Arlington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or fly. In August in Arlington, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
4.9

3
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Memphis

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.
Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Graceland, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, settle in for a delightful tour with The Carriage Company, and steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis online trip planner.

You can fly from Arlington to Memphis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Must see
Graceland
4.4
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Historic Site
Sun Studio
4.7

4
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Nashville

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park) and Bowling Green (National Corvette Museum & NCM Motorsports Park). The adventure continues: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and stop by Downtown Nashville.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville holiday planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Neighborhood
Downtown Nashville
4.2
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Theater
Grand Ole Opry
4.6

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Distillery
Ole Smoky
4.5

1
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Asheville

Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pack Square.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Asheville itinerary maker.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Asheville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gatlinburg in August: highs in Asheville hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 64°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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