9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route builder

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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Bring the kids along to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately Great Smoky Mountains National Park away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, experience the excitement of Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and cool off at Dollywood.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder website.

Houston to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Houston in October, with highs in Pigeon Forge at 74°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry trip planner.

Fly from Asheville to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Harpers Ferry are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lexington.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Lexington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and then surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lexington trip app.

Traveling by flight from Harpers Ferry to Lexington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 31st (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Louisville Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip tool.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.

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.

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.

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.