7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
drive:  12​h
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Oak Ridge
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Grand Rapids

2
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.
On the 1st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then admire the striking features of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, and then trek along Grotto Falls Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Grand Rapids to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Knoxville trip maker .

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You'll set off for Oak Ridge on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
day
Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge ©
Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson and Roane counties in the eastern part of the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), get curious at American Museum of Science & Energy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emory Valley Greenway, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Wind Rock Off Road Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oak Ridge trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Knoxville to Oak Ridge in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Oak Ridge are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Oak Ridge

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Wind Rock Off Road Park
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American Museum of Science & Energy ©

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Stones River National Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Belmont Mansion, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Oak Ridge to Nashville in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Stones River National Battlefield ©
Stones River National Battlefield

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