22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Corolla
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Charlottesville
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Austin

2
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin, contemplate the long history of Carter House, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Franklin road trip site .

Austin to Franklin is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Austin in September, things will get little chillier in Franklin: highs are around 85°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stones River National Battlefield
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
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Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Clingmans Dome and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Grotto Falls Parking. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore and take pictures at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Franklin to Gatlinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Franklin to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, River Rafting & Tubing, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Basilica of Saint Lawrence and St.Claire Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and The North Carolina Arboretum. Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Zipline (in Lake Lure), Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (in Maggie Valley) and DuPont State Recreational Forest (in Cedar Mountain). It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Asheville takes 2 hours. September in Asheville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Zipline, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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DuPont State Recreational Forest ©
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Zipline
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence

3
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Visit Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Nathaniel Russell House for their historical value. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and The Center for Birds of Prey will get you outdoors. Take a break from Charleston with a short trip to Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area in Edisto Island, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree, pause for some photo ops at Fort Moultrie, and enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Beach Public Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston holiday app .

You can drive from Asheville to Charleston in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asheville in September since evenings lows in Charleston dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Folly Beach Public Beach, Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, Angel Oak Tree, The Center for Birds of Prey, Fort Moultrie
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree

3
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Church of the Cross and Old Town Bluffton. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cast your line with a fishing tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hilton Head are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bluffton
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Sea Pines Forest Preserve ©
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

1
night
Corolla

Corolla ©
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, contemplate the long history of Whalehead Club, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally trek along Currituck Banks Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Corolla online attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Hilton Head to Corolla in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Jockey's Ridge State Park, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Escape the urban bustle at Skyline Drive and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Virginia Safari Park and James Madison's Montpelier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlottesville: Lexington (Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery & Lee Chapel and Museum), Brownsburg Museum (in Brownsburg) and Frontier Culture Museum (in Staunton). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland and admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Charlottesville online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Corolla to Charlottesville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Corolla in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Charlottesville, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lexington, James Madison's Montpelier, Virginia Safari Park, Frontier Culture Museum, Brownsburg Museum
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park

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