8 days in Nashville, Louisville & West Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Nashville, Louisville & West Virginia Itinerary

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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Nashville
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 night
Drive
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Cass
— 1 night
Drive

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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.
Let the collections at Lane Motor Museum and Tennessee State Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Radnor Lake State Park and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take a stroll through The District, and examine the collection at Patsy Cline Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nashville online tour planner.

Thurmont to Nashville is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Thurmont in September, with highs in Nashville at 85°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visit Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and My Old Kentucky Home for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Muhammad Ali Center and Cave Hill Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Indiana Caverns (in Corydon) and Marengo Cave (in Marengo). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the exciting artwork at 21c Museum Hotel, and examine the collection at Frazier History Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Louisville road trip planning app.

Getting from Nashville to Louisville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Louisville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lansing.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lansing

— 1 night
Lansing is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge and then let the river carry you with Adventures on the Gorge.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lansing trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lansing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Louisville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lansing, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cass.

Things to do in Lansing

Adventure · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cass

— 1 night
Cass is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 52. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get curious at Green Bank Observatory, then immerse yourself in nature at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and then tour the old-fashioned way with Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad - Cass Scenic Railroad.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cass tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lansing to Cass in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Lansing in October, plan for little chillier days in Cass, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cass

Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trip

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.