26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
1
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
St. Augustine, Florida
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
6
Islamorada
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
9
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
10
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Orlando, Florida

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center and Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin Research Center and Sunset Park Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Sombrero Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, admire the majestic nature at Curry Hammock State Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marathon road trip tool.

Orlando to Marathon is an approximately 5,5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Orlando in junio, plan for a bit warmer nights in Marathon, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bahia Honda State Park, Sunset Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

3
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Popular historic sites such as Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Truman Little White House are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cruise along The Overseas Highway, and look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West online itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In junio, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Savannah Historic District, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, then learn about all things military at Old Fort Jackson, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and finally walk around Forsyth Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Savannah online trip planner.

Getting from Key West to Savannah by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Savannah when traveling from Key West in julio, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

2
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hilton Head trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Hilton Head takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In julio in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Church of the Cross, The Point
Highlights from your plan
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
The Church of the Cross ©
The Church of the Cross
Spas

2
nights
St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach, then enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., then identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and finally deepen your understanding at Flagler College. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Wild Reserve, then examine the collection at Lightner Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Augustine Distillery, and finally examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Augustine online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to St. Augustine takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in julio, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Islamorada.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Wild Reserve ©
St. Augustine Wild Reserve

1
night
Islamorada

Islamorada ©
Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Alligator Reef Light House.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Islamorada attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from St. Augustine to Islamorada takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from St. Augustine in julio, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Islamorada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Highlights from your plan
Alligator Reef Light House ©
Alligator Reef Light House
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lotz House Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline. Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Franklin to see McGavock Confederate Cemetery about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville travel planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Islamorada to Nashville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Islamorada to Nashville is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Islamorada in julio since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

3
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 14th (Tue), sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Co. on Teaster, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and finally learn about winemaking at Mountain Valley Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and finally admire the striking features of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In julio, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery
Hollywood Star Cars Museum ©
Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then steep yourself in history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and finally try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then see the interesting displays at Metal Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Memphis in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In julio in Memphis, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie, then stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Escape My Room New Orleans. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, examine the collection at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Orleans holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Memphis in julio, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are a bit warmer (31°C). On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Immaculate Conception Church ©
Immaculate Conception Church
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans

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