8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Key West
— 1 night



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Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

Denver to Louisville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Louisville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Louisville: highs are around 77°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, then cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge tour builder site.

Getting from Louisville to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips


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Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Asheville takes 2 hours. In May in Asheville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip


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The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a stroll through Savannah Historic District, walk around Forsyth Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ghost Coast Distillery.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Savannah holiday planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Savannah in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Asheville in May; daily highs in Savannah reach 83°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums


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Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 16th (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Orlando route builder site.

Drive from Savannah to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Orlando sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks

Key West

— 1 night

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 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, then examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West itinerary planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in May, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina travel guide

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.

Georgia travel guide

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

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.