28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Denver — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Denver Botanic Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Estes Park (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver journey planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Denver, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in June: highs in Denver hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Austin.
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Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Austin — 3 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
National Museum of the Pacific War and LBJ Presidential Library will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Barton Springs Pool and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Take a break from Austin with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Fredericksburg, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Austin online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Denver to Austin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Austin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, expect Austin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to New Orleans.
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Museums · Nature · Wineries · Parks
Side Trip

New Orleans — 4 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National WWII Museum and Oak Alley Plantation. Explore hidden gems such as Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Whitney Plantation (in Wallace), Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). Next up on the itinerary: visit Garden District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, don't miss a visit to French Quarter, and stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Austin to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in June, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 33°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nashville.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
Side Trips

Nashville — 3 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Appreciate the collections at Nashville Parthenon and National Corvette Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to RCA Studio B and Carter House. Step out of Nashville to go to Bowling Green and see Lost River Cave, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the history at Lotz House Museum and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in June, Nashville is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Pigeon Forge — 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (in Gatlinburg) and Zipline (in Hartford). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and examine the collection at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge travel planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Lexington — 4 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Let the collections at Ark Encounter and Mary Todd Lincoln House capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kentucky Horse Park and Unique Horse Farm Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Creation Museum (in Petersburg) and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg). There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

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Getting from Pigeon Forge to Lexington by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Louisville.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Louisville — 4 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave and Louisville Mega Cavern. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kentucky Derby Museum and Muhammad Ali Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), James B. Beam Distilling Co. (in Clermont) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). It doesn't end there: try your luck at Churchill Downs and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Louisville trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 3 nights

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and then contemplate the long history of Indianapolis Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at The Eiteljorg Museum and then see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Louisville to Indianapolis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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Texas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.
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Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.
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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.
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Kentucky travel guide

4.6
Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.
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Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.
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