48 days in United States

Kay Gregan
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Graeme & Sharon Dando
Travel USA - Retirement Trip  Tentative Route and Sightseeing Activities Appalachian Mountains entry & exit to be confirmed
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Tulsa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive
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East Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bangor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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New York City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pittsburgh
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paintsville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ashland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tupelo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 5 nights

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Tulsa — 2 nights

Capital of Route 66

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to The Cave House, browse the exhibits of Gilcrease Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at The Golden Driller.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tulsa travel planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Tulsa International Airport, Will Rogers World Airport and Tinker Air Force Base. In September, daily temperatures in Tulsa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 3 nights

When in Springfield, make a side trip to see Seven Springs Winery in Linn Creek, approximately Linn Creek away.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tulsa to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to East Saint Louis.
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East Saint Louis — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll around Malcolm W Martin Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our East Saint Louis tour website.

Explore your travel options from Springfield to East Saint Louis with the Route module. In September in East Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Milton Lee Olive Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip builder.

You can drive from East Saint Louis to Chicago in 4.5 hours. When traveling from East Saint Louis in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Chicago, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls — 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
On the 14th (Thu), Head underground at Cave of the Winds and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara and then pause for some photo ops at Tuscarora Heroes Monument.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls road trip planning site.

Fly from Chicago to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Niagara Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Niagara Falls, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bangor.
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Bangor — 2 nights

On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, take in the pleasant sights at Belfast Harborwalk, and then trek along Passy Rail Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bangor trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Bangor takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bangor, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): trek along Ocean Path, then look for gifts at A Little Mad, then make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shore Path. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate the waterfront views at Frenchman Bay, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor online tour builder.

You can drive from Bangor to Bar Harbor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Acadia National Park.
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island — 2 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
On the 20th (Wed), trek along Precipice Trail, cruise along Park Loop Road, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): hike along Gorham Mountain Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole, then take an in-depth tour of Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Acadia National Park holiday planning app.

Acadia National Park is very close to Bar Harbor. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to New York City.
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New York City — 6 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.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Acadia National Park to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Acadia National Park in September, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 6 nights

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pittsburgh: Kings Covered Bridge (in Somerset), Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Ohiopyle State Park (in Ohiopyle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, stop by Strip District, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Aviary, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pittsburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Pittsburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pittsburgh, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paintsville.
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Paintsville — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at U. S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Middle Creek National Battlefield, then admire the majestic nature at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, and finally make a trip to Loretta Lynn's Birthplace - Butcher Hollow. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Khribet el-Maqatir & a Journey through Biblical History, then make a trip to Dils Cemetery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery, and finally don't miss a visit to Hatfield and McCoy Historic Sites.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paintsville travel route app.

Explore your travel options from Pittsburgh to Paintsville with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ashland.
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Ashland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Superhero Creamery and then walk around Central Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Heritage Farm Museum and Village, walk around Ritter Park, and then see the interesting displays at Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ashland online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Paintsville to Ashland in 1.5 hours. In October in Ashland, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Knoxville.
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Knoxville — 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll around High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, make a trip to Market Square, then don't miss a visit to The Emporium Center for Arts and Crafts, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Knoxville National Cemetery.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Knoxville trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ashland to Knoxville by car takes about 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Knoxville are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Memphis.
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Memphis — 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mud Island, The Peabody Ducks, Rockabilly Rides, and other attractions. Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Johnny Cash House in Dyess, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Beale Street Blues Museum, snap pictures at Big River Crossing, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Memphis trip planning site.

Getting from Knoxville to Memphis by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. October in Memphis sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for Tupelo on the 15th (Sun).
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Tupelo — 1 night

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tupelo trip planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Tupelo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Nashville.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grand Ole Opry, Walkin' Nashville - Music City Legends Tour and Ryman Auditorium. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Franklin Antique Mall & Gentry's Farm). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery & Yee-Haw Brewery, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip itinerary site.

Drive from Tupelo to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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DownEast and Acadia Maine travel guide

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