51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Waco
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Hot Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Little Rock
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Memphis
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nashville
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Louisville
— 10 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  0 min
7
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 8 nights
bus:  26​h
End: Chicago

7
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Visiting Mount Magazine State Park and DeGray Lake Resort State Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Catherine State Park and Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Historic Washington State Park (in Washington), Dardanelle (Lake Dardanelle State Park & Mount Nebo State Park) and Lum and Abner Museum (in Pine Ridge). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, don't miss a visit to Arkansas Walk of Fame, and immerse yourself in nature at Daisy State Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Waco to Hot Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Waco in March, plan for slightly colder days in Hot Springs, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dardanelle, Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Woodlands Auditorium, Daisy State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Magazine State Park ©
Mount Magazine State Park
Lake Catherine State Park ©
Lake Catherine State Park
Queen Wilhelmina State Park ©
Queen Wilhelmina State Park

6
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Take a break from the city and head to Arkansas Post National Memorial and Delta Rivers Nature Center. Explore hidden gems such as The Arkansas River Trail and MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Arkansas Governor's Mansion, admire the striking features of H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, stroll the grounds of Mount Holly Cemetery, and stroll around Two Rivers Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Little Rock itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Little Rock in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Little Rock can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arkansas Post National Memorial, Delta Rivers Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Murray Park ©
Murray Park
Arkansas Post National Memorial ©
Arkansas Post National Memorial
Arkansas Governor's Mansion ©
Arkansas Governor's Mansion

7
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Natchez Trace Pkwy and Thacker Mountain Rail Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Tupelo Automobile Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Mississippi River State Park (in Marianna), Chickasaw State Park (in Henderson) and Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (in Stanton). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, examine the collection at Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, have fun at Overton Park, and explore the galleries of Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Memphis travel planner .

You can drive from Little Rock to Memphis in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Memphis sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tupelo, Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, Chickasaw State Park, Mississippi River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mississippi River State Park ©
Mississippi River State Park
Natchez Trace Pkwy ©
Natchez Trace Pkwy
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge ©
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

8
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Step out of the city life by going to Burgess Falls State Park and Zipline. Discover out-of-the-way places like Radnor Lake State Park and Edwin and Percy Warner Parks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Tennessee Legend Distillery (in Cookeville) and David Crockett State Park (in Lawrenceburg). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Nashville, and get engrossed in the history at Tennessee State Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Burgess Falls State Park, David Crockett State Park, Tennessee Legend Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Burgess Falls State Park ©
Burgess Falls State Park
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Zipline

10
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marengo Cave and Clifty Falls State Park. Get in touch with nature at The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Salato Wildlife Education Center (in Frankfort), Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont) and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (in Lincoln City). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), look for all kinds of wild species at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, and admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Louisville travel route planner.

Getting from Nashville to Louisville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Louisville. April in Louisville sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Marengo Cave, Clifty Falls State Park, Salato Wildlife Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Waterfront Park ©
Louisville Waterfront Park
Marengo Cave ©
Marengo Cave
Clifty Falls State Park ©
Clifty Falls State Park

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): trek along Deep Creek, hike along Collins Creek Picnic Area, and then trek along Tom Branch Falls. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Road to Nowhere, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mouse Creek Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Midnight Hole Falls.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Louisville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Collins Creek Picnic Area ©
Collins Creek Picnic Area
Tom Branch Falls ©
Tom Branch Falls
Mouse Creek Falls ©
Mouse Creek Falls

8
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chimney Tops Trail and Alum Cave Trail. Get outdoors at Mount LeConte and Ramsey Cascades. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways, hike along Kephart Prong Trail, and stroll through Jump Off Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail

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