42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner
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Bentonville
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 5 nights
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Vicksburg
— 2 nights
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Natchez
— 3 nights
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Dauphin Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Fort Morgan, Drive to Gulf Shores
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Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
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Montgomery
— 4 nights
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Birmingham
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 13 nights
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Bentonville — 1 night

Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and then walk around Bentonville Town Square. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, then look for gifts at Museum of Native American History, then engage your brain at Scott Family Amazeum, and finally make a trip to Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bentonville trip itinerary builder tool.

Phoenix to Bentonville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Bentonville is 1 hour. In December, Bentonville is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 49°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 5 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anthony Chapel and Hot Springs National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Magazine State Park and Petit Jean State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Little Rock (Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, &more). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, and enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs online trip planner.

You can drive from Bentonville to Hot Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Hot Springs is somewhat warmer than Bentonville - with highs of 55°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Vicksburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Vicksburg — 2 nights

Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Old Court House Museum, get engrossed in the history at U.S.S. Cairo Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Vicksburg National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to McRaven House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center, see the interesting displays at The Old Depot Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Vicksburg Riverfront Murals.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vicksburg trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hot Springs to Vicksburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in December, expect nights in Vicksburg to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Natchez.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Natchez — 3 nights

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rosalie Mansion and Melrose. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natchez City Cemetery and Stanton Hall. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, stop by The Old South Trading Post, contemplate the long history of Dunleith Historic Inn, and don't miss a visit to Longwood.

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Drive from Vicksburg to Natchez in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dauphin Island.
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Dauphin Island — 2 nights

Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get to know the fascinating history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home, and then tee off at Isle Dauphine Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Fort Gaines, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dauphin Island trip website.

Getting from Natchez to Dauphin Island by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Dauphin Island are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gulf Shores.
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Gulf Shores — 2 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and then immerse yourself in nature at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park.

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You can do a combination of ferry and car from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Gulf Shores are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montgomery.
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Montgomery — 4 nights

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Rosa Parks Museum. Legacy Museum and Alabama State Capitol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Montgomery side-trips: Toomer's Corner (in Auburn) and Edmund Pettus Bridge (in Selma). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, take an in-depth tour of The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Wilderness Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Montgomery online holiday planner.

Drive from Gulf Shores to Montgomery in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Gulf Shores in January, Montgomery is little chillier at night with lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Birmingham.
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Birmingham — 4 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vulcan Park and Museum and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Birmingham Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Birmingham: Huntsville (Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain & Monte Sano State Park), Little River Canyon National Preserve (in Fort Payne) and Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden). It doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at McWane Science Center and explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Mountain State Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham road trip planning app.

You can drive from Montgomery to Birmingham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 13 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cheekwood and Belmont Mansion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Carter House and Frist Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carnton, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, &more), Cookeville (Dogwood park & Tennessee Legend Distillery) and Paris Winery (in Paris). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Marathon Village, get engrossed in the history at Oaklands Mansion, and admire the majestic nature at Rock Island State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Birmingham to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Birmingham in January, expect Nashville to be little chillier, temps between 48°F and 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
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Louisville — 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Frazier History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at My Old Kentucky Home and Bernheim Arboretum & Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery, Willett Distilling Company, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at 21c Museum Hotel, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Woodford Reserve Distillery.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in January: highs in Louisville hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly 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

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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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Kentucky travel guide

4.6
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.
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