8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Fly
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Sevierville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Franklin
— 1 night
Drive
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Union
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Charlottesville

— 1 night

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier and then contemplate the long history of The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio. On the next day, contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then take an in-depth tour of Frontier Culture Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Caverns.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville trip planner.

Columbus to Charlottesville is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sevierville.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sevierville

— 3 nights
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fowler's Clay Works and Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bush's Visitor Center and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sevierville side-trips: Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse (in Gatlinburg) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery, see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville.

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

You can fly from Charlottesville to Sevierville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, daytime highs in Sevierville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Franklin.

Things to do in Sevierville

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franklin

— 1 night
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, take in the history at Carter House, then see the interesting displays at Carnton, and finally take in the exciting artwork at David Arms Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Franklin road trip website.

Drive from Sevierville to Franklin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. July in Franklin sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Lexington

— 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Mary Todd Lincoln House, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., sample the fine beverages at Woodford Reserve Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and finally contemplate the long history of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lexington sightseeing planner.

Drive from Franklin to Lexington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Franklin to Lexington. When traveling from Franklin in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lexington: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to West Union.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

West Union

West Union is a village in Adams County, Ohio, United States. For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our West Union day trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to West Union in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in West Union

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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 · Theme Parks
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.