8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Asheville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 1 night
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Asheville

— 1 night

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 19th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through DuPont State Recreational Forest and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, then examine the collection at Asheville Pinball Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lexington Glassworks.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asheville itinerary tool.

New York City to Asheville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New York City in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 21st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Bush's Visitor Center, then do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars, and then examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge online trip builder.

Getting from Asheville to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Mary Todd Lincoln House, don't miss a visit to Kentucky Horse Park, and then try to win big at Keeneland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Lexington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Pigeon Forge in March; daily highs in Lexington reach 55°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Nashville

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the history at Carter House, then see the interesting displays at Carnton, and then admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, admire the natural beauty at Cheekwood, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Nashville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lexington in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 1 night

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
On the 26th (Sat), browse the exhibits of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and then steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip builder website.

Fly from Nashville to Williamsburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Williamsburg due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · 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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.