36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Raleigh
— 3 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 5 nights
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
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Columbia
— 2 nights
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Greenville
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Bryson City
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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Gatlinburg
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to McLemore House (in Franklin), Diamond Caverns (in Park City) and Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nashville online day trip planner.

Thomaston to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Thomaston to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Nashville sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Raleigh

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Raleigh: Durham (Museum of Life + Science, Duke University Chapel, &more). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, walk around Pullen Park, don't miss a visit to Memorial Bell Tower, and explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Raleigh in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nashville to Raleigh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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 9th (Thu): get all the equipment you need at Pee Dee Bicycle, then catch some excitement at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, and finally meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the masterpieces at Brookgreen Gardens, and then examine the collection at Warbird Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Raleigh to Myrtle Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Raleigh in April since evenings lows in Myrtle Beach dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Nathaniel Russell House, and admire the natural beauty at Battery & White Point Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Charleston, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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 out of town with these interesting Hilton Head side-trips: Beaufort (Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hilton Head Distillery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head journey builder website.

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Columbia

— 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
On the 19th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, then get your game on at The Final Door Escape Room Columbia, and then steep yourself in history at South Carolina State House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum, and then stroll around Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Columbia travel route builder app.

Getting from Hilton Head to Columbia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. Traveling from Hilton Head in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Columbia, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Greenville.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

Greenville

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Tue), grab your bike and head to GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, then admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy, then snap pictures at Liberty Bridge, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dark Corner Distillery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Greenville day trip tool.

You can drive from Columbia to Greenville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Greenville can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine (in Hendersonville) and Pisgah Forest Gem Mine (in Pisgah Forest). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lexington Glassworks.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Asheville online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greenville to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Greenville in April, with highs in Asheville at 69°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bryson City.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Bryson City

— 2 nights
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Unique Gift Outlet, then take in the pleasant sights at GSMNP - Deep Creek Trail, and then take in the pleasant sights at Three Waterfalls Hike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, take a memorable tour with Tours, then experience rural life at Darnell Farms, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bryson City route planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Bryson City are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Bryson City

Outdoors · Adventure · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, look for all kinds of wild species at Cades Cove, and stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Bryson City to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Bryson City in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Sevier Distilling Company (in Sevierville) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: cool off at Dollywood, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg tour itinerary planning tool.

Gatlinburg is just a stone's throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In May in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
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.

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.