8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

8 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Pigeon Forge
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Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Appalachian Glass and then steep yourself in history at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Weston trip itinerary tool.

Cleveland to Weston is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Weston when traveling from Cleveland in October, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Weston

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping


— 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine and then get interesting insight from Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Weston to Asheville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Attractions like Dollywood and The Island in Pigeon Forge make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, and examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Pigeon Forge takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips


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The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 16th (Fri), go for a walk through Longwood Gardens, then gain insight at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, and then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then get engrossed in the history at Independence Seaport Museum, and finally walk around Love Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Philadelphia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in October, you will find days in Philadelphia are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

West Virginia travel guide

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.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.