36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Nashville
— 10 nights
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Memphis
— 7 nights
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Highlands
— 2 nights
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Cherokee
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 5 nights
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Damascus
— 2 nights
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Pikeville
— 3 nights
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Harpers Ferry
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Nashville

— 10 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 outdoors at Centennial Park and Cumberland Caverns. Step off the beaten path and head to Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Burgess Falls State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to The Elk and Bison Prairie (in Golden Pond), Cookeville (Dogwood park & Tennessee Legend Distillery) and May Prairie Natural Area (in Manchester). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Cheekwood, contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tennessee State Capitol.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder site.

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Nashville sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 7 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chickasaw State Park and Thacker Mountain Rail Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Metal Museum and Rowan Oak. Get out of town with these interesting Memphis side-trips: Southside Gallery (in Oxford), Jonesboro (Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center & ASU Museum) and Tunica (Horseshoe Tunica & Casino at Resorts Tunica). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Graceland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Highlands.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlands

— 2 nights
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. On the 14th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Dry Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at Highlands Aerial Park, then fly down the slopes at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Highlands day trip site.

You can fly from Memphis to Highlands in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Highlands is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Highlands, with lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Cherokee.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cherokee

— 3 nights

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Visiting Zipline and Cataloochee Valley will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Soco Falls and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherokee: Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Maggie Valley Wellness Center) and Nantahala on the Fly (in Bryson City). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mingo Falls, examine the collection at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, and stop by Unique Gift Outlet.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cherokee trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Cherokee takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Cherokee

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Asheville

— 5 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The North Carolina Arboretum and Zipline. Step out of the city life by going to Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and Linville Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain), Hendersonville (Shoal Creek Horseback Riding & Bearwallow Mountain) and Pisgah Forest (Looking Glass Falls & Pisgah National Forest). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village, take in the exciting artwork at Colin's Creatures, see the interesting displays at Asheville Pinball Museum, and shop like a local with Center for Craft.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cherokee to Asheville takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Asheville are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Damascus

— 2 nights
Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Damascus, and then take in the awesome beauty at Whitetop Mountain. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Hungry Mother State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Grayson Highlands State Park, then contemplate the long history of Haller-Gibboney Rock House, and finally make a trip to Big Pencil.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Damascus trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Damascus takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pikeville.

Things to do in Damascus

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pikeville

— 3 nights
Pikeville is a city in and the county seat of Pike County, Kentucky, United States. Get in touch with nature at Chief Logan State Park and Hatfield McCoy Trail - Buffalo Mountain Trail System. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Epic Escape Game and Dils Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Pikeville: Matewan Depot Replica and Museum (in Matewan), Samuel May House (in Prestonsburg) and Paintsville Lake State Park (in Staffordsville). There's still lots to do: walk around Bob Amos Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery, and examine the collection at Khribet el-Maqatir & a Journey through Biblical History.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pikeville trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Pikeville takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Pikeville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 3 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area and Cacapon Resort State Park. Step out of Harpers Ferry with an excursion to Adam Stephen House in Martinsburg--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, look for gifts at DeFluri's, see the interesting displays at joy line railroad and Toy Train Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Restoration Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Harpers Ferry visit planning site.

You can drive from Pikeville to Harpers Ferry in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Pikeville in January, Harpers Ferry is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.