40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour builder

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Key West
— 3 nights
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Orlando
— 4 nights
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Montgomery
— 2 nights
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Natchez
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and National Key Deer Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: Marathon (Crane Point Museum & Nature Center & Sombrero Beach). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Key West travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Key West is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Key West due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you will find days in Key West are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Orlando

— 4 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Bring the kids along to Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, discover the magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Orlando online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Orlando, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 9th (Fri), trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Savannah Historic District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mickve Israel Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ghost Coast Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Savannah travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Orlando to Savannah takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, Savannah is slightly colder than Orlando - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Carolina Aquarium and then kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Sumter National Monument, and finally go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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Traveling by car from Savannah to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Charleston, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kids will enjoy Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Woolworth Building, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the New York City tour planning app.

Getting from Charleston to New York City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charleston in April; daily highs in New York City reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: highs in Washington DC hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Harpers Ferry

— 2 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls, wander the wide-open spaces of Rocking S Ranch, and then fly down the slopes at Inside Ski Training Center. On the next day, witness the site of a historic battle at Antietam National Battlefield and then get great views at Split Rock Overlook.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry journey app.

Drive from Washington DC to Harpers Ferry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in April since evenings lows in Harpers Ferry dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): browse the exhibits of The Mariners' Museum & Park, examine the collection at St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, and then walk around Windsor Castle Park. On the next day, trek along The Noland Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colonial National Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip tool.

Getting from Harpers Ferry to Williamsburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Harpers Ferry in April: high temperatures in Williamsburg hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): go deep underground at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, have some family-friendly fun at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then do a tasting at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Asheville day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Asheville in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Williamsburg in April since evenings lows in Asheville dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Mon), examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, then get in on the family fun at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, and then cool off at Dollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and then take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge route planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Pigeon Forge takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Nashville

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Nashville Zoo, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nashville tour planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Montgomery

— 2 nights
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, examine the collection at The MOOseum, then make a trip to Civil Rights Memorial Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Legacy Museum, then steep yourself in history at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and then get engrossed in the history at Freedom Rides Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montgomery route site.

You can drive from Nashville to Montgomery in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Montgomery. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites · Museums

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Stanton Hall, steep yourself in history at Longwood, then contemplate the long history of Rosalie Mansion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Natchez trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Montgomery to Natchez in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in Natchez are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Museums

New Orleans

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Audubon Zoo and St. Louis Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Natchez to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Natchez in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 4 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Attractions like SeaWorld and Mission San Jose make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Antonio: Austin (The Driskill, Texas State Capitol, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and browse the exhibits of The Guenther House Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Antonio, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
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
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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
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.

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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · 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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
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.

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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.