42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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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 13th (Thu), take in the history at Pea Ridge National Military Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, and then walk around Bentonville Town Square. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Native American History, then have fun and explore at Scott Family Amazeum, and finally make a trip to Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens.

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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 moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in October, things will get slightly colder in Bentonville: highs are around 26°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow 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 discover tucked-away gems like Hot Springs National Park and Lake Catherine State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anthony Chapel and Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Mount Magazine State Park (in Paris), Little Rock (Arkansas State Capitol & Big Dam Bridge) and Petit Jean State Park (in Morrilton). The adventure continues: trek along Grand Promenade, get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs trip planner.

Drive from Bentonville to Hot Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bentonville in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hot Springs, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vicksburg.
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Vicksburg — 2 nights

Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Old Court House Museum, get engrossed in the history at U.S.S. Cairo Museum, then stroll the grounds of Vicksburg National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to McRaven House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center, examine the collection at The Old Depot Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Vicksburg Riverfront Murals.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vicksburg trip planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Vicksburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vicksburg can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Natchez.
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Natchez — 3 nights

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Get some cultural insight at Melrose and Stanton Hall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natchez City Cemetery and Rosalie Mansion. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Bluff Park, look for gifts at The Old South Trading Post, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Longwood.

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Traveling by car from Vicksburg to Natchez takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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. On the 25th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage 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 get curious at Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dauphin Island driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Natchez to Dauphin Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Gulf Shores.
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Gulf Shores — 2 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. On the 27th (Thu), hike along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and then immerse yourself in nature at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park.

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Getting from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. In October in Gulf Shores, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rosa Parks Museum and Legacy Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Montgomery side-trips: Toomer's Corner (in Auburn) and Edmund Pettus Bridge (in Selma). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, get advice or help at Alabama Department of Archives and History, make a trip to Jackson Lake Island, and take an in-depth tour of The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montgomery trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gulf Shores to Montgomery takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. October in Montgomery sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Birmingham.
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Birmingham — 4 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Visiting Little River Canyon National Preserve and Oak Mountain State Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and McWane Science Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: Huntsville (Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain & Monte Sano State Park) and Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum of Art, get great views at Vulcan Park and Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Birmingham attractions planning website.

Getting from Montgomery to Birmingham by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cheekwood and Carter House. Visiting Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Cookeville (Dogwood park & Tennessee Legend Distillery), Paris Winery (in Paris) and Franklin (Carnton, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take a stroll through The District.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Birmingham to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Willett Distilling Company and Lux Row Distillers. Do some cultural sightseeing at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and 21c Museum Hotel. Venture out of the city with trips to Maker's Mark (in Loretto), Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon) and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bernheim Arboretum & Forest, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., sample the fine beverages at Barton 1792 Distillery, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Louisville day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Louisville is 1 hour. While traveling from Nashville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Louisville, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough 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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