11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Nashville — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Centennial Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Downtown Nashville and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Nashville. In December, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Louisville.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Louisville — 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nashville in December: highs in Louisville hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Montgomery.
Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Montgomery — 1 night

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montgomery holiday planner.

You can fly from Louisville to Montgomery in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Louisville in December, expect Montgomery to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 43°F. You will leave for Tunica on the 28th (Wed).
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Tunica — 1 night

Tunica is a town in and the county seat of Tunica County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): try to win big at Tunica Roadhouse Casino, try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, and then try your luck at Gold Strike Casino.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tunica trip itinerary website.

Getting from Montgomery to Tunica by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Montgomery in December; daily highs in Tunica reach 49°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Bentonville.
Fun & Games · Casinos
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Bentonville — 1 night

Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, then learn about winemaking at Tontitown Winery, then explore the world behind art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bentonville trip planner.

You can fly from Tunica to Bentonville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. December in Bentonville sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Branson.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Branson — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): hike along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at The Shepherd of the Hills. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then awaken your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Branson visit planning tool.

You can drive from Bentonville to Branson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Branson, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Franklin.
Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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 1st (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Leiper's Fork Distillery, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and then take a stroll through Downtown Franklin.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Franklin trip planner.

Getting from Branson to Franklin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January in Franklin, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 29°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.

Alabama travel guide

Military Museums · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Mississippi travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.