8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive
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Columbus
— 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 2nd (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Forester Distilling and then explore the striking landscape at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisville day trip tool.

Indianapolis to Louisville is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 3rd (Thu), hike along Tall Man's Misery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate the long history of Bell's Tavern.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park is minus 1 hour. September in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Shenandoah National Park

— 1 night
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Stone Mountain Vineyards and then learn about winemaking at Glass House Winery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park visit planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Cave National Park to Shenandoah National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Shenandoah National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Postal Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, then trek along U.S. National Arboretum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and finally pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shenandoah National Park to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Columbus.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Columbus

— 1 night

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Central Ohio Fire Museum, stroll through Sharon Woods Metro Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kelton House Museum & Garden, then see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and finally wander the streets of Arena District.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Columbus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Columbus takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Columbus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.