29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 4 nights
Drive
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Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights

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Memphis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by A. Schwab.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary builder.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Memphis is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Nashville

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Frist Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carnton and Downtown Franklin. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Carter House in Franklin--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Cheekwood, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sugarland Cellars and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Clingmans Dome and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Forge Distillery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip builder website.

Getting from Nashville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 3 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hunting Island Lighthouse and Coastal Discovery Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Spas. Step out of Hilton Head to go to Beaufort and see Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Folly Field Beach Park, take in the waterfront activity at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hilton Head online vacation planner.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine and Nathaniel Russell House. Step off the beaten path and head to Angel Oak Tree and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Go for a jaunt from Charleston to Wadmalaw Island to see Charleston Tea Garden about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, don't miss a visit to Pineapple Fountain, and enjoy the sea views from Sullivan's Island Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner.

Getting from Hilton Head to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 3 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Escape the urban bustle at Alligator Adventure and Captain Hook's Adventure Golf. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore Myrtle Beach's surroundings by going to Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet), Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach) and Cherry Grove Beach (in North Myrtle Beach). There's more to do: play a few rounds at Mt. Atlanticus and examine the collection at Hollywood Wax Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Charleston to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 5 nights

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Fallingwater are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Bicycle Heaven. Explore Pittsburgh's surroundings by going to Climbing Tours (in Ohiopyle) and Saint Clair Park (in Greensburg). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning, stroll through Mount Washington, admire the masterpieces at The Andy Warhol Museum, and take a stroll through Strip District.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pittsburgh driving holiday planner.

Fly from Myrtle Beach to Pittsburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Myrtle Beach in September, expect Pittsburgh to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Appreciate the collections at Cantigny Park and Volo Auto Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Naperville (Riverwalk Lot & Centennial Beach), North Shore Beach (in Beverly Shores) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakefront Trail, wander the streets of The Loop, explore the activities along Chicago River, and admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Pittsburgh to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.