8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Orange Beach
— 1 night
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Natchez
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 1 night
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Saint Simons Island
— 1 night
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Jekyll Island
— 1 night
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Orange Beach — 1 night

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): trek along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, take in the history at Fort Morgan Historic Site, and then stroll through Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick back and relax at Gulf State Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Orange Beach trip builder site.

Columbus to Orange Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Orange Beach is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Columbus in July since evenings lows in Orange Beach dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Natchez.
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Natchez — 1 night

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Longwood, then explore the galleries of Rosalie Mansion, and finally stroll the grounds of Natchez City Cemetery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Natchez online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Orange Beach to Natchez in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July in Natchez, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 1 night

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, then examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake Lawn Metairie.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Natchez to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Natchez in July, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 80°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Simons Island.
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Saint Simons Island — 1 night

St. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): examine the collection at St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, then appreciate the history behind Fort Frederica National Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Simons Island online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Saint Simons Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Saint Simons Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in July, expect nights in Saint Simons Island to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Jekyll Island.
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Jekyll Island — 1 night

A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, take a stroll through Jekyll Island Historic District, then surround yourself with nature on Golden Isles Carriage and Trail at Three Oaks Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Horton House.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Jekyll Island trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Saint Simons Island to Jekyll Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Jekyll Island are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Savannah.
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Savannah — 2 nights

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 15th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Tybee Island Light Station And Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, then steep yourself in history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Congregation Mickve Israel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sorrel Weed House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Wormsloe Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, then take an unorthodox tour of Olde Pink House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Savannah online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Jekyll Island to Savannah in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Savannah, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Alabama travel guide

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Military Museums · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.
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Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.
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Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.
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Georgia travel guide

4.4
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.
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