42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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Memphis
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Shiloh
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Nashville
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Chattanooga
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Raleigh
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Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Columbus Golden Triangle Regional
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Tupelo
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Natchez
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Montgomery
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Gulf Shores
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Savannah
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Jekyll Island
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Saint Simons Island
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St. Augustine
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Key West
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Marathon
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Memphis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, then look for gifts at Lansky, then go on a hair-raising tour with Backbeat Tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Fort Pillow State Park, explore the engaging exhibits at The Children's Museum of Memphis, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip maker app.

Tulsa to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. January in Memphis sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 32°F at night. You will leave for Shiloh on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Shiloh

On the 3rd (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Pickwick Landing State Park and then take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shiloh journey maker.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Shiloh takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Shiloh

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Nashville

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Belmont Mansion, then see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Downtown Presbyterian Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bledsoe Creek State Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner.

You can drive from Shiloh to Nashville in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Bluff View Art District.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Gatlinburg

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sugarland Cellars and Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens. Get outdoors at Gatlinburg Trail and Alum Cave Trail. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately Great Smoky Mountains National Park away. There's lots more to do: trek along Rainbow Falls Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Dickson Williams Mansion, then steep yourself in history at Greene County History Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Laurel River Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Raleigh

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at The Carolina Basketball Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bennett Place Historic Site, and then immerse yourself in nature at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, stroll the grounds of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Raleigh trip builder tool.

Getting from Hot Springs to Raleigh by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Raleigh are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Hatteras Island

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pelican Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and finally stop by Scotch Bonnet. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island road trip app.

You can drive from Raleigh to Hatteras Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Raleigh in January since evenings lows in Hatteras Island dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tupelo.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Tupelo

Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Tupelo National Battlefield, get engrossed in the history at Oren Dunn City Museum, then contemplate the long history of Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, and finally look for gifts at Margaretes Fine Chocolates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Union County Heritage Museum, stroll through Bailey's Woods Trail, and then see the interesting displays at The University of Mississippi Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tupelo online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Hatteras Island to Tupelo takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hatteras Island to Tupelo. Traveling from Hatteras Island in January, Tupelo is slightly colder at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Tupelo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Natchez

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natchez National Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Choctaw Hall, contemplate the long history of Rosalie Mansion, then examine the collection at Delta Music Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Stratton Chapel Gallery.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Natchez travel route planner.

Drive from Tupelo to Natchez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tupelo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Natchez, with lows of 37°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Natchez

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Montgomery

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. On the 24th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Old Live Oak Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Alabama Safari Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Equal Justice Initiative. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of First White House of the Confederacy, make a trip to Civil Rights Memorial Center, then appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and finally appreciate the history behind Hank Williams Statue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Montgomery online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Natchez to Montgomery by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Montgomery are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Swift- Coles Historic Home, then hike along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, then steep yourself in history at Fort Morgan State Historic Site, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Fort Morgan Road Trail, examine the collection at Foley Railroad Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Holmes Medical Museum, then view the masterpieces at Foley Art Center, and finally stroll through Alabama Point East.

Plan my day in Gulf Shores using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Montgomery to Gulf Shores in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gulf Shores when traveling from Montgomery in January, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Savannah

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through May River Excursions, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Old Fort Jackson, explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Savannah tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gulf Shores to Savannah in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jekyll Island.

Things to do in Savannah

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Jekyll Island

A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): grab your bike and head to Jekyll Island Trail System, make a trip to Faith Chapel, and then stop by Jekyll Island Historic District. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, then paddle through the water with 4-H Tidelands Nature Center, then stroll through Driftwood Beach, and finally stroll around Clam Creek Picnic Area.

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

Traveling by car from Savannah to Jekyll Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Jekyll Island, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Simons Island.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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Saint Simons Island

St. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Get Your Muse On!, examine the collection at World War II Home Front Museum, kick back and relax at East Beach, admire the natural beauty at Wesley Memorial & Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wesley United Methodist Church. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Fort Frederica National Monument, then get to know the fascinating history of Butler Island Plantation, then steep yourself in history at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, and finally play a few rounds at Sea Island Golf Club.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saint Simons Island trip planner.

Getting from Jekyll Island to Saint Simons Island by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in February, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Saint Simons Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

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St. Augustine

St. On the 4th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Ximenez-Fatio House, examine the collection at The Oldest House Museum Complex, then contemplate the long history of Villa Zorayda Museum, then steep yourself in history at Pena-Peck House and Woman's Exchange of St Augustine, and finally contemplate the long history of Old St. Augustine Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Augustine day trip website.

Drive from Saint Simons Island to St. Augustine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in St. Augustine, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Key West

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, go for a walk through Key West Garden Club, go for a walk through West Martello Tower, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and finally take in the waterfront at Key West Historic Seaport.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary app.

You can fly from St. Augustine to Key West in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. In February, Key West is somewhat warmer than St. Augustine - with highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Marathon

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, then glide through the air with Z Flight Watersports, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Sombrero Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with Ultimate HeliTours, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Curry Hammock State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marathon travel route builder website.

Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.2
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.

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.

Florida travel guide

4.3
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.