27 days in Continental USA Itinerary

27 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Cape Charles
— 2 nights
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Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Taxi to Salisbury, Fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shiloh
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Houston
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), examine the collection at Tenement Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read New York City day trip planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to New York City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in New York City are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Washington DC — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Art and Washington National Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in April, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Charles.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Cape Charles — 2 nights

Cape Charles is a town in Northampton County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Deltaville Maritime Museum, take in the views from Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and then admire the majestic nature at Kiptopeke State Park. On the next day, do a tasting at Chatham Vineyards, then get engrossed in the history at Barrier Islands Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Charles Beach, and finally get a new perspective on things with Tidewater Charters.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Charles road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Washington DC to Cape Charles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Cape Charles are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chincoteague Island.
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Chincoteague Island — 3 nights

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 2nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague, then learn insider's secrets on The Ugly Oyster Tour Co., and finally stop by Wine Cheese & More. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, explore the engaging exhibits at Delmarva Discovery Museum, take an in-depth tour of Sturgis One Room School Museum, then don't miss a visit to Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tryfan Gallery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chincoteague Island trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cape Charles to Chincoteague Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chincoteague Island to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Chincoteague Island in May, expect nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nashville.
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Nashville — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and then steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shiloh.
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Shiloh — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, then look for gifts at Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop, and then take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Pickwick Landing State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Chickasaw State Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shiloh itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nashville to Shiloh in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Shiloh can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Memphis.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Memphis — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Graceland, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner.

You can drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. May in Memphis sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Houston.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Houston — 2 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of The Strand, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and then get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Houston day trip planner.

You can fly from Memphis to Houston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Memphis in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Houston, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Visit Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National WWII Museum and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Happiness Bayou Tours, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, make a trip to Jackson Square, and get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Houston to New Orleans takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Virginia travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.
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Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.
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