36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route maker

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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Savannah
— 3 nights
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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Atlanta
— 2 nights
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Orange Beach
— 2 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Natchez
— 2 nights
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Heber Springs
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Nashville

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at RCA Studio B and Lotz House Museum. Get outdoors at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carter House & Carnton) and Cummins Falls State Park (in Cookeville). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nashville day trip app.

Denver to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, expect Nashville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Escape the urban bustle at Clingmans Dome and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Tuckaleechee Caverns and Mill Bridge Winery. Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Bryson City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge route planning website.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get some cultural insight at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Step out of the city life by going to Falls Park on the Reedy and Dry Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Grandfather Mountain (in Linville), French Broad Adventures (in Marshall) and Bobby McLean Memorial Park (in Newland). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville visit planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Savannah

— 3 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Olde Pink House. Get in touch with nature at Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Hilton Head Helicopter (in Hilton Head) and Tybee Island Light Station And Museum (in Tybee Island). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Savannah Historic District, take an in-depth tour of Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and stroll the grounds of Colonial Park Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Savannah day trip planning website.

Getting from Asheville to Savannah by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in October, with highs in Savannah at 79°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Folly Beach Public Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park and Nathaniel Russell House. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Angel Oak Tree, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get a new perspective on nature at The Charleston Museum, and contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Charleston tour site.

Drive from Savannah to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Charleston, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, admire the natural beauty at Brookgreen Gardens, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with Crazy Sister Marina, then immerse yourself in nature at Huntington Beach State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Myrtle Beach State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach tour itinerary app.

Getting from Charleston to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Atlanta.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and then stroll through Stone Mountain Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium and then admire the masterpieces at Booth Western Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Atlanta online journey planner.

Fly from Myrtle Beach to Atlanta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Atlanta sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange Beach

— 2 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Alabama Point East, and then take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Fort Morgan Historic Site and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Orange Beach trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Orange Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Orange Beach, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Orange Beach can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Galveston.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 nights

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Galveston Water Adventures, then get engrossed in the history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, then steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral Basilica.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galveston road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Orange Beach to Galveston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Orange Beach in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Galveston, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Whitney Plantation. Get some cultural insight at The National WWII Museum and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation (in Vacherie), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell) and Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, take a stroll through Garden District, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Jackson Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans online vacation planner.

You can fly from Galveston to New Orleans in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Galveston in October, things will get little chillier in New Orleans: highs are around 66°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Natchez

— 2 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, don't miss a visit to Longwood, then contemplate the long history of Rosalie Mansion, and finally contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Melrose.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Natchez trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from New Orleans to Natchez by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New Orleans in October, expect nights in Natchez to be slightly colder, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Heber Springs.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Heber Springs

— 1 night
Heber Springs is a city in Cleburne County, Arkansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): trek along Mossy Bluff Buckeye Trail, stroll through Collins Creek Cascade, and then see what you can catch with Bud Lady Fishing Guide Service.

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Drive from Natchez to Heber Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Natchez in October, Heber Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Heber Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Eureka Springs

— 2 nights

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and then pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks. Keep things going the next day: stop by Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, whizz through the canopy at Ozark Mountain Ziplines, then take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Eureka Springs day trip planning app.

Getting from Heber Springs to Eureka Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Eureka Springs, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.6
History Museums · 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.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Parks
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
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.

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.