31 days in North Carolina, Tennessee & Alabama Itinerary

31 days in North Carolina, Tennessee & Alabama Itinerary

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31 days in North Carolina, Tennessee & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Charlotte
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Asheville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Birmingham
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Orange Beach
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Nashville
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Raleigh
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Bournemouth

3
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Billy Graham Libary and Room Escape Games. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte: N.C.Korean War Memorial (in Mint Hill) and The Lazy 5 Ranch (in Mooresville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, admire all the interesting features of The Bank of America Stadium, have fun and explore at Discovery Place Science, and stroll through Freedom Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte driving holiday planner.

Bournemouth, UK to Charlotte is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Bournemouth in September, things will get a bit warmer in Charlotte: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway, N.C.Korean War Memorial, The Lazy 5 Ranch
Highlights from your plan
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Billy Graham Libary ©
Billy Graham Libary
Discovery Place Science ©
Discovery Place Science

5
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore hidden gems such as Grandfather Mountain and The North Carolina Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Dry Falls (in Highlands), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and Silver Run Falls (in Cashiers). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Biltmore Rose Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and take in panoramic vistas at Chimney Rock State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Charlotte to Asheville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Asheville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

Side Trips

Silver Run Falls, Chimney Rock State Park, Dry Falls, Grandfather Mountain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Grandfather Mountain ©
Grandfather Mountain
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, stop by Christmas Place, find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gatlinburg vacation planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Tanger Outlets Sevierville, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stax Museum of American Soul Music and AutoZone Park. Go for a jaunt from Memphis to Collierville to see Collierville TN Historic District about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Burke's Book Store, take an in-depth tour of Mud Island, and examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Memphis online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Memphis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Memphis. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Gatlinburg in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Memphis

#Museums, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trip

Collierville TN Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Room Escape Games
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

4
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bryant Denny Stadium and Vulcan Park and Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Birmingham side-trips: Wheeler Wildlife Refuge (in Decatur), Cullman (Clarkson Covered Bridge & Smith Lake Park) and Beehive Bathhouse (in Hartselle). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, engage your brain at McWane Science Center, and take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Birmingham trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Birmingham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Birmingham

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cullman, Beehive Bathhouse, Bryant Denny Stadium, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Vulcan Park and Museum ©
Vulcan Park and Museum
Bryant Denny Stadium ©
Bryant Denny Stadium
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

3
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Gulf State Park, take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Foley.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Orange Beach day trip planning tool .

Getting from Birmingham to Orange Beach by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Orange Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Tanger Outlets Foley
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fontanel Mansion and Downtown Franklin. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carnton & Carter House), Room Escape Games (in Murfreesboro) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). There's still lots to do: stroll through Centennial Park, explore the world behind art at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, explore and take pictures at Bridgestone Arena, and see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Orange Beach to Nashville by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Orange Beach in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Nashville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nashville

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, George Dickel Distillery, Brentwood Jewelery & Gifts, Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
Carnton ©
Carnton
Fontanel Mansion ©
Fontanel Mansion
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

2
nights
Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, then explore and take pictures at Duke University, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, then have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pullen Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip website .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Raleigh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Raleigh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Raleigh sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Durham
Highlights from your plan
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
North Carolina Museum of Art

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