9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 day
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Drive
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Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly
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Nags Head
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 1 night
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Houston
— 2 nights

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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 day
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River, explore the activities along Green River, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park trip maker site.

Houston to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in October, with highs in Mammoth Cave National Park at 71°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and finally get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip planning site.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Pigeon Forge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): experience rural life at Frog Eye Farm, take in the history at Antietam National Battlefield, and then steep yourself in history at Tolson's Chapel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry online travel route planner.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Harpers Ferry by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In October, Harpers Ferry is a bit cooler than Pigeon Forge - with highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Harpers Ferry to Washington DC by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Harpers Ferry in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Washington DC. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nags Head.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take an in-depth tour of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nags Head trip itinerary app.

Fly from Washington DC to Nags Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Nags Head dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Nags Head

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 1 night

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter.

To see maps and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip planner.

Fly from Nags Head to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nags Head to New Orleans. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nags Head in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites

Houston

— 2 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Water Wall, browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and finally get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Moody Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, then take an in-depth tour of 1892 Bishop's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Seawall.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Houston road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you will find days in Houston are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.

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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
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 travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.