10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
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Natchez
— 1 night
Drive
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gadsden
— 1 night
Drive to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Memphis — 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 23rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Metal Museum and then take in the views from Big River Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Memphis day trip planning app.

Washington to Memphis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Memphis is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Washington in December, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Natchez.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Natchez — 1 night

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Longwood, and then steep yourself in history at Rosalie Mansion.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Natchez online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Natchez in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Memphis in December: highs in Natchez hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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New Orleans — 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Whitney Plantation and Jamie Hayes Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Louisiana Tour Company and Woldenberg Park. Change things up with a short trip to Houmas House and Gardens in Darrow (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, admire the striking features of Destrehan Plantation, stop by Faubourg Marigny, and wander the streets of Garden District.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Orleans road trip tool.

You can drive from Natchez to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Natchez in December, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.
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Gulf Shores — 2 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): trek along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and then take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): trek along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gulf Shores trip itinerary planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Gulf Shores by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New Orleans in December, you will find days in Gulf Shores are a bit warmer (66°F), and nights are a bit cooler (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gadsden.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Gadsden — 1 night

Gadsden is a city in and the county seat of Etowah County in the U.S. state of Alabama. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Noccalula Falls Park & Campground.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gadsden trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gulf Shores to Gadsden takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Gadsden is slightly colder than Gulf Shores - with highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
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.
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Mississippi travel guide

3.4
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.
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Alabama travel guide

4.3
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.
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