26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

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Atlanta
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Cape Girardeau
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Hannibal
— 1 day
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights

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Atlanta

— 3 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Get out of town with these interesting Atlanta side-trips: Yonah Mountain Vineyards (in Cleveland), Booth Western Art Museum (in Cartersville) and Helen (Nora Mill Granary & Anna Ruby Falls). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stroll around Little Mulberry Park.

Before you visit Atlanta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Thomaston to Atlanta is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In November in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy in Sevierville (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Atlanta to Gatlinburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect Gatlinburg to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 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.
Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Leiper's Fork Distillery in Franklin, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville route planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Girardeau.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cape Girardeau

— 1 night
Cape Girardeau is a city in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in the U.S. On the 25th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at eDen Spa & Salon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St.Vincent's Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Missouri Wall of Fame.

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Drive from Nashville to Cape Girardeau in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nashville in November: highs in Cape Girardeau hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cape Girardeau

Spas · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Saint Louis

— 4 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Louis P. Balducci Vineyards (in Augusta) and New Haven (John Colter Memorial, Pinckney Bend Distillery, &more). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape Girardeau to Saint Louis in 2 hours. In November in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hannibal.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Hannibal

— 1 day
Hannibal is a city in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Mark Twain Boyhood Home, get engrossed in the history at Rockcliffe Mansion, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, and finally walk around Glascock's Landing.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hannibal online route planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Hannibal in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Hannibal

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa) and St. Joseph Catholic Church (in Joliet). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago holiday site.

You can fly from Hannibal to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Hannibal, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Josaphat, then steep yourself in history at Pabst Mansion, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Milwaukee County Zoo, learn more about the world around you at Milwaukee Public Museum, and then wander the streets of Historic Third Ward.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Milwaukee journey maker.

Getting from Chicago to Milwaukee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Mountain. On your second day here, cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and then do a tasting at Fawn Creek Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Milwaukee in December; daily highs in Wisconsin Dells reach 30°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Wineries · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.