12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Blue Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Blue Ridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Memphis
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally wander the streets of Capitol Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC journey maker app .

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Old Town, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Museum of the Marine Corps
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
Blue Ridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States. On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the views at Peaks of Otter Visitor Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blue Ridge trip builder app .

You can drive from Washington DC to Blue Ridge in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
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Peaks of Otter Visitor Center ©
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, then take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, then stroll through Fighting Creek Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): trek along Rainbow Falls Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and then hike along Alum Cave Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Ridge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. September in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Blue Ridge.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Rainbow Falls Trail
Rainbow Falls Trail

2
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Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
A small resort town located in Georgia's "Historic High Country," Blue Ridge sits right on the national scenic trail that follows the Appalachian mountain range for over 3,300 km (2,100 mi).
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, do a tasting at Cherokee Cellars Winery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Mercier Orchards, admire the majestic nature at Vogel State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Sea Creek Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Blue Ridge trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Blue Ridge with the Route module. While traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Blue Ridge, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Blairsville, Bald River Falls, Sea Creek Falls, Cherokee Cellars Winery
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Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Vogel State Park ©
Vogel State Park
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Birmingham

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, admire the majestic nature at Oak Mountain State Park, and then stroll the grounds of Oak Hill Cemetery. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vulcan Park and Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Birmingham trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Blue Ridge to Birmingham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Blue Ridge to Birmingham. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Blue Ridge in September: high temperatures in Birmingham hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oak Mountain State Park
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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum ©
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Oak Mountain State Park ©
Oak Mountain State Park

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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 20th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Memphis vacation app .

You can drive from Birmingham to Memphis in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

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