8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

Make it your trip
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Family-friendly places like Cades Cove and Little River Road will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, hike along Grotto Falls Parking, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and stroll through Alum Cave Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip website.

Chicago to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In March, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F. You will leave for Nashville on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.
On the 29th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Room, and then stroll around Centennial Park. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nashville itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Nashville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mammoth Cave National Park, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, make a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, then contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chicago tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mammoth Cave National Park to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in April, with highs in Chicago at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.