31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
6
Dayton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rockbridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Cleveland
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Madison
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Walker Sisters' Cabin and Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove & Clingmans Dome). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, cruise along Little River Road, explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, and trek along Charlies Bunion.

Make your Gatlinburg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Titanic Museum Attraction
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

3
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Get outdoors at Ruby Falls and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Chattanooga with a short trip to Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, and get your game on at Escape Mission Chattanooga.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Ocoee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Radnor Lake State Park and Timberland Park. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Downtown Nashville are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and stop by Hillsboro Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. December in Nashville sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sun Studio and Beale Street. Visit National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and The Peabody Ducks for their historical value. The adventure continues: make a trip to Graceland, explore and take pictures at FedExForum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Memphis journey maker tool .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Wind Cave National Park to see Wind Cave National Park about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Custer day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Memphis to Custer takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Memphis to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Memphis in December; daily highs in Custer reach 34°F and lows reach 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dayton.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Venture out of the city with trips to Houdini's Room Escape (in Cincinnati), Eldean Covered Bridge (in Troy) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park and head outdoors with Dayton Dragons Baseball.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Dayton trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Dayton in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Custer to Dayton due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in December, with highs in Dayton at 42°F and lows at 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cincinnati, Cox Arboretum MetroPark, Eldean Covered Bridge, Cincinnati Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

2
nights
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ash Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, then admire the natural beauty at Dawes Arboretum, and then explore the ancient world of Great Circle Earthworks.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rockbridge route planner.

Drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ash Cave, Dawes Arboretum, Great Circle Earthworks, St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Ash Cave ©
Ash Cave

4
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Escape the urban bustle at Mill Creek Park and Main Street Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and USS Cod Submarine Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron) and Brummer's Chocolates (in Vermilion). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel, and try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Rockbridge to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Cleveland sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Madison.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Vermilion, Akron, Mill Creek Park
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Mill Creek Park ©
Mill Creek Park
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1
day
Madison

Madison ©
Madison is a town in the southeastern corner of New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, occupying a central location on Connecticut's Long Island Sound shoreline. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Hammonasset Beach State Park, then don't miss a visit to Guilford Art Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Chatfield Hollow State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Madison holiday site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cleveland to Madison. December in Madison sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Guilford Art Center, Chatfield Hollow State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hammonasset Beach State Park ©
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Chatfield Hollow State Park ©
Chatfield Hollow State Park
Guilford Art Center ©
Guilford Art Center

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town located in Connecticut, along Long Island Sound within Connecticut's Gold Coast in Fairfield County, Connecticut. On the 30th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Compo Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Maritime Aquarium, and then make a trip to South Norwalk Historic District (SoNo). Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Walnut Beach, then enjoy some diversion at Sports Center of Connecticut, and then get lost in a book at The Westport Library.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Westport online day trip planner .

Drive from Madison to Westport in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Westport are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Norwalk, Sports Center of Connecticut, Walnut Beach
Highlights from your plan
Compo Beach ©
Compo Beach
The Westport Library
The Westport Library
Sports Center of Connecticut ©
Sports Center of Connecticut

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