8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Louisville
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 1 night
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Branson
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery, glide peacefully along the water with Endless Summer Paddle Company, and then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Louisville tour itinerary website.

Indianapolis to Louisville is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Fri), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nashville journey planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Louisville to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, get in on the family fun at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and finally meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally find something for the whole family at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 1 night

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the 28th (Mon), whizz through the canopy at Ozark Mountain Ziplines, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Eureka Springs tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Eureka Springs are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Adventure · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Branson

— 1 night

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, gain interesting insight with VIP Tours of Branson, and then take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Branson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Branson takes 1.5 hours. In September in Branson, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip builder.

You can drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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

4.4
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.