40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Tulsa
— 2 nights
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Bandera
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Tucson
— 3 nights
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Tombstone
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Pigeon Forge

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Newfound Gap Road, Look Rock Tower, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Christmas Place, get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge road trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, expect nights in Pigeon Forge to be cooler, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nashville

— 5 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 in touch with nature at Radnor Lake State Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Carter House and Lotz House Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Carnton in Franklin (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, get some jogging in at Centennial Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville is minus 1 hour. November in Nashville sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, then explore the world behind art at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, then walk around Martin Park Nature Center, and finally snap pictures at Skydance Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at American Banjo Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oklahoma City online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Oklahoma City takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In November in Oklahoma City, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tulsa.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Tulsa

— 2 nights

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Gilcrease Museum, explore the world behind art at Philbrook Museum of Art, and then see where the action happens at BOK Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sapulpa Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Ray Harral Nature Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oklahoma Aquarium.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tulsa day trip planning website.

You can drive from Oklahoma City to Tulsa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Tulsa sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bandera.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bandera

— 5 nights
Bandera is the county seat of Bandera County, Texas, United States, in the Texas Hill Country, which is part of the Edwards Plateau. Get some cultural insight at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Caverns and Bandera City Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bandera: Kerrville (Louise Hays Park & Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Inc.), Concan (Garner State Park & Frio Cave) and Boerne (Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area & Cave Without a Name). Spend the 3rd (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at The Y.O. Ranch. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Lost Maples State Natural Area, get a taste of life in the country at Silver Spur Ranch, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Western Art, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bandera online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tulsa to Bandera. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulsa in November; daily highs in Bandera reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Bandera

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tingley Beach, then look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and finally see the interesting displays at Belen Harvey House Museum. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, then explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sandia Mountains.

Start your trip to Albuquerque by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Bandera to Albuquerque with the Route module. Traveling from Bandera to Albuquerque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bandera in December, with highs in Albuquerque at 11°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Santa Fe Plaza. Get a sense of the local culture at Bandelier National Monument and Canyon Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planning site.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, expect little chillier with lows of -6°C in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tucson.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tucson

— 3 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catalina State Park and Madera Canyon. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and A Mountain (Sentinel Peak). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Tucson Mountain Park, admire the masterpieces at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac, and take in the exciting artwork at Etherton Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tucson trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Tucson in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in December; daily highs in Tucson reach 21°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tombstone.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Tombstone

— 2 nights

Town Too Tough to Die

Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of O.K. Corral, then steep yourself in history at Allen Street, and then delve into the mystery of Bird Cage Theatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park and then Head underground at Kartchner Caverns State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tombstone online travel planner.

Getting from Tucson to Tombstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Tombstone sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Tombstone

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Nethercutt Collection and The Broad. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in breathtaking views at Runyon Canyon Park, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tombstone to Los Angeles takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tombstone in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.