13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 1 night
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Weston
— 1 night
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
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Cape May
— 1 night
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New York City
— 1 night
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Myrtle Beach

— 1 night
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. On the 1st (Fri), have fun at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Myrtle Beach. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Brookgreen Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Boardwalk Winery, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Broadway at the Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach trip planner.

Hartford to Myrtle Beach is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hartford in October; daily highs in Myrtle Beach reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then steep yourself in history at Boone Hall Plantation, and then walk around Joe Riley Waterfront Park. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Fort Sumter National Monument, and then brush up on your military savvy at Patriots Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charleston vacation planning website.

Getting from Myrtle Beach to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Charleston sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, then get lost in a book at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip builder app.

You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charleston in October, with highs in Asheville at 70°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Roaring Fork, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

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Traveling by car from Asheville to Pigeon Forge takes 2 hours. In October in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip builder tool.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try to win big at Churchill Downs.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip builder site.

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 to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Weston.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Weston

— 1 night
Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the activities along Stonewall Jackson Lake and then contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Weston tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to Weston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in October, expect nights in Weston to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Weston

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Philadelphia

— 1 night

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Weston to Philadelphia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Weston in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Wildwood Beach.

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You can drive from Philadelphia to Cape May in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Cape May, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

New York City

— 1 night

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, then examine the collection at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cape May to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. October in New York City sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.