4 days in Missouri, Tennessee & Virginia Itinerary

4 days in Missouri, Tennessee & Virginia Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— Few hours
— 2 nights
Virginia Beach
— 1 night


Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Missouri Civil War Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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Minneapolis to Saint Louis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint Louis, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums


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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, then admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, then see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse.

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You can fly from Saint Louis to Gatlinburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Saint Louis to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Virginia Beach

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 14th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach, and then whizz through the canopy at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium.

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Fly from Gatlinburg to Virginia Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.

Virginia travel guide

Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.