8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route builder

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Louisville
— 1 night
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Stevie Ray's Blue's Bar has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then join in the after-dark buzz at Stevie Ray's Blue's Bar.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip maker tool.

Chicago to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Louisville is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Louisville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Knoxville.

Things to do in Louisville

Nightlife · Museums

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at UT Gardens, don't miss a visit to Market Square, and then take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville day trip tool.

You can drive from Louisville to Knoxville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Knoxville are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, cruise along Little River Road, then cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and finally walk around Freenotes Harmony Park. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, hike along Alum Cave Trail, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Gatlinburg takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, get to know the resident critters at Chattanooga Zoo, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, see the interesting displays at Coker Museum, then take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, and finally admire the local landmark of Coolidge Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then examine the collection at Patsy Cline Museum, then take in the views from John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The District. On your second day here, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and finally gain insight at Vanderbilt University.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nashville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.