34 days in United States Itinerary

34 days in United States Itinerary

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Columbia
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Hilton Head
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Charleston
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Myrtle Beach
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Raleigh
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Nashville
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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Gatlinburg
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Bryson City
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Asheville
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Greenville
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Columbia

— 1 day

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at South Carolina State Museum, get your game on at The Final Door Escape Room Columbia, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Lion Landing, then make a trip to Tunnel Vision Mural, and finally ponder the world of politics at South Carolina State House.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Columbia vacation app.

Thomaston to Columbia is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In April, daytime highs in Columbia are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Columbia

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Beaufort (Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, Pat Conroy Literary Center, &more). There's still lots to do: trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Columbia to Hilton Head in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Charleston

— 5 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Battery & White Point Gardens, contemplate the long history of Aiken-Rhett House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Charleston travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Charleston are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then admire the natural beauty at Brookgreen Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: gear up at Pee Dee Bicycle, catch some excitement at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Myrtle Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Myrtle Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Raleigh.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Raleigh

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Get out of town with these interesting Raleigh side-trips: Durham (Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, see the interesting displays at North Carolina Museum of History, look for all kinds of wild species at Fletcher Park, and stroll around Pullen Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh visit planner.

Drive from Myrtle Beach to Raleigh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Myrtle Beach in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Raleigh, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nashville

— 4 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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Nashville takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): trek along Tall Man's Misery, stroll through Cedar Sink Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Echo River, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green River.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Gatlinburg

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Sevierville (Sevier Distilling Company & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Gatlinburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 3 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryson City: Andrews Bald Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Bartram Trail (in Franklin) and Highlands (Dry Falls & Bust Your Butt Falls). There's still lots to do: cruise along Cherohala Skyway, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, and go for a walk through GSMNP - Deep Creek Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bryson City road trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Bryson City in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gatlinburg in April since evenings lows in Bryson City dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Pisgah Forest Gem Mine (in Pisgah Forest), Crystal Mountain Gem Mine (in Brevard) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mitchell State Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville travel route planner.

Getting from Bryson City to Asheville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Greenville.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Greenville

— 2 nights

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy, snap pictures at Liberty Bridge, appreciate the history behind Joel Roberts Poinsett Statue, then stop by M.Judson Booksellers & Storytellers, and finally get your game on at Craft Axe Throwing- Greenville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Artisphere, explore the landscape on two wheels at GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, then meet the residents at Greenville Zoo, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dark Corner Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Greenville day trip planning site.

You can drive from Asheville to Greenville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asheville in May: high temperatures in Greenville hover around 81°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Nature

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.