31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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Detroit
— 13 nights
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Charlotte
— 9 nights
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Detroit

— 13 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Detroit Model Railroad Club, Stahls Automotive Collection, Belle Isle Aquarium, and other attractions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Snook's Dream Cars (in Bowling Green), The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia) and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Toledo Zoo, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maumee Bay Brew Pub.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip itinerary planning app.

Darwin, Australia to Detroit is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 14.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Detroit due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Darwin in July, plan for slightly colder days in Detroit, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get behind the scenes at Ford Rouge Factory Tour, explore the engaging exhibits at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and then stroll around Kellogg Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, look for gifts at Northville Watch & Clock Shop, and then stroll around Kensington Metropark.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Dearborn trip website.

Dearborn is very close to Detroit. July in Dearborn sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Tours · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
You've now added Jack Daniel's Distillery to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), get behind the scenes at Jack Daniel's Distillery and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nashville attractions planning tool.

Getting from Dearborn to Nashville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Dearborn, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Charlotte

— 9 nights

The Queen City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: North Carolina Zoo (in Asheboro), Bechtler Mint Site Historic Park (in Rutherfordton) and Old Salem Museums & Gardens (in Winston Salem). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy, examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at The Lazy 5 Ranch, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Old Mecklenburg Brewery.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte online trip builder.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Charlotte by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.