8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Logan
— 1 night
Drive

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Detroit

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, then take in nature's colorful creations at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to University of Michigan. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then examine the collection at Motown Museum, and finally admire the striking features of The Guardian Building.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Detroit road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Pigeon Forge

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Roaring Fork. Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, sample the fine beverages at Doc Collier Distillery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge travel planning app.

You can fly from Detroit to Pigeon Forge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Detroit in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Pigeon Forge, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Lexington

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kentucky Horse Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland, sample the fine beverages at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

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You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Lexington in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Logan.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Logan

Logan is a city in Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Hocking Hills State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Falls Hiking Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Logan trip builder app.

You can drive from Lexington to Logan in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Lexington in October, Logan is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Logan

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.