16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  8​h
1
Eastover
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
car:  7​h
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
car:  6​h
4
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Eastover

Eastover ©
Eastover is a town in Richland County, South Carolina, United States. To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Eastover trip builder app .

Columbus to Eastover is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Eastover

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Poinsett State Park, Congaree National Park
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Poinsett State Park ©
Poinsett State Park
Congaree National Park ©
Congaree National Park

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Bearfence Mountain and Skyline Drive. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dark Hollow Falls and Massanutten Storybook Trail. Take a break from Shenandoah National Park with a short trip to Zipline in Luray, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hawksbill Mountain, stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, admire the sheer force of Rose River Falls, and stroll through Mary's Rock Summit Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park journey planner.

Getting from Eastover to Shenandoah National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Luray
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls

3
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 4th (Fri): make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and finally walk around Greenbrier Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Little River Road, then walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Meigs Falls, and finally head outdoors with The Sinks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. October in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Little River Road ©
Little River Road
The Sinks ©
The Sinks
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Fat Man's Misery, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You will leave for Branson on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

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Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Talking Rocks Cavern, trek along Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, then get engrossed in the history at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and finally hike along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at The Branson Coaster, take an in-depth tour of Veterans Memorial Museum, get your game on at Buster's Old Time Photos, then examine the collection at Ralph Foster Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Roaring River State Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Branson takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ridgedale, Roaring River State Park
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Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area ©
Roaring River State Park ©
Roaring River State Park

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Springfield

Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Sequiota Park, then examine the collection at NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Springfield tour planner .

Getting from Branson to Springfield by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum ©
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
Fantastic Caverns ©
Fantastic Caverns

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