9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Clearwater
— Few hours
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Madison
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Clearwater

Clearwater is a city in Stearns and Wright counties in the U.S. For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Clearwater travel route builder.

West Fargo to Clearwater is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In April in Clearwater, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 31°F at night. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Madison.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

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Madison

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madison trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clearwater to Madison. In April in Madison, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping

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Gatlinburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg attractions planner.

Fly from Madison to Gatlinburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madison in May: high temperatures in Gatlinburg hover around 79°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Nashville

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of McLemore House, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nashville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Branson.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Side Trip

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Branson

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, learn about winemaking at Stone Hill Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Branson trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Branson in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nashville in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Branson: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Branson

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): shop like a local with Old Market, get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, then admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Omaha travel route builder app.

Drive from Branson to Omaha in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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United States travel guide

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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.