36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Durham
— 1 night
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 5 nights
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Beaufort
— 1 night
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
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Greenville
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Onyx Cave (in Cave City), National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green) and Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nashville road trip website.

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

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Durham

— 1 night

Flowers of the Carolinas

Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
On the 6th (Mon), gain insight at Duke University, take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, and finally make a trip to Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durham trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Durham by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Durham

Parks · Historic Sites

Washington DC

— 5 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Change things up with a short trip to Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip site.

Drive from Durham to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in April: highs in Washington DC hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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 12th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Backstage Mirror Maze, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, and finally experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at Brookgreen Gardens, and then look for gifts at Harrelson's Seafood Market.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach online trip planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Myrtle Beach by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Myrtle Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, don't miss a visit to Charleston City Market, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Charleston trip planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Charleston are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Beaufort.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Beaufort

— 1 night
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bay Street, gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, then examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, and finally walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaufort road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Beaufort takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Hilton Head is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, identify plant and animal life at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Cross.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hilton Head trip planner.

Drive from Beaufort to Hilton Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Greenville.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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 23rd (Thu), meet the residents at Greenville Zoo, grab your bike and head to GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, then admire the sheer force of Falls Park on the Reedy, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dark Corner Distillery.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Greenville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Greenville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hilton Head in April, Greenville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Trails

Asheville

— 3 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: Bearwallow Mountain (in Hendersonville), Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (in Chimney Rock) and Zipline (in Lake Lure). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks, and admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip planning tool.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Sevier Distilling Company (in Sevierville). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

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, identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions website.

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

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.