9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Luray
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Natural Bridge
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Bryson City
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Lake Lure
— 1 night
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Banner Elk
— 1 night
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Danbury
— 1 night
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Luray

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Birdsong Pleasure Garden and then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luray trip itinerary maker app.

Newark to Luray is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Natural Bridge

— 1 night
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Natural Bridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luray to Natural Bridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Luray in October, expect nights in Natural Bridge to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then stroll through Roaring Fork.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Natural Bridge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In October, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a bit warmer than Natural Bridge - with highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): find something for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online attractions planner.

Gatlinburg is just a stone's throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will leave for Bryson City on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On the 26th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at Bryson City.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bryson City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Bryson City takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Bryson City when traveling from Gatlinburg in October, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Lure.

Things to do in Bryson City

Museums

Lake Lure

— 1 night
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Lure journey builder tool.

You can drive from Bryson City to Lake Lure in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lake Lure can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Banner Elk.

Things to do in Lake Lure

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Banner Elk

— 1 night
Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll around Grandfather Mountain State Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Banner Elk road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lake Lure to Banner Elk takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lake Lure in October, expect Banner Elk to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Danbury.

Things to do in Banner Elk

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Danbury

— 1 night
Danbury is a city located in Danbury Township, Stokes County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): walk around Hanging Rock State Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Danbury trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Banner Elk to Danbury takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Banner Elk in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Danbury: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 45°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Danbury

Nature · Parks
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.