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  1. Default First US roadtrip: St.Louis - Washington DC


    I'm going on a short road trip with my mom and sister during the last week of May. We'll be starting in St.Louis, and our destination is Washington DC. We're thinking about spending one night in Nashville: other than that we have no plans so far. We'll probably be on the road for three or four days before spending a few days in DC and NYC.

    I'm from Norway, so I don't know much about routes, roads, cities, sights, etc. All good ideas and tips will be appreciated!


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    Default Some Tips to Start You Off

    Velkommen! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Three to four days is plenty of time for a delightful drive from St. Louis to Washington via Nashville. Some things you'll certainly want to look at for inclusion in this drive are Mammoth Cave National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Shenandoah National Park. You might also enjoy the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and the charming town of Lexington, VA.


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    And Chattanooga. You forgot Chattanooga. ;) Known by some as "the Boulder of the East" (Boulder, Colorado is the rock climbing capital/outdoorsing of America) and by others as "Gateway to the Southern Appalachians," Chattie sports the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan urban riverfront atmosphere and easy access to natural wonders literally fifteen minutes from downtown. Worth a stop for sure.

    In fact, all the locations AZBuck mentioned are worth a "stop," or a vacation. So four days is a whirlwind pace to churn through this area, but it'll be fun.

    The easiest route to recommend is a "V" shape from St. Louis to Washington with the vortex at Chattanooga and the right hand leg the Cherohala Skyway, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Skyline Drive. Itinerary:
    Day 1: Drive from St. Louis to Chattanooga, spending the remainder of the day in Nashville halfway.
    Day 2: Enjoy something in Chattanooga, then drive to Asheville via the Cherohala Skyway, arriving in Asheville in the late afternoon/evening.
    Day 3: Asheville, then the first half of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Day 4: The rest of the Blue Ridge & Shenandoah.

    This doesn't leave you much time to see anything. You could choose to take the Interstate instead of the parkway, which is more meant for leisurely travel. In fact, with the distance you'll be traveling (a thousand miles), that may be a good idea. Then you'd have more time for the Smokies, Asheville, Blue Ridge sites, and Shenandoah.

    Nashville's a fine town for those searching for country music history, live music, and a few choice historical sites (the Hermitage (a presidential plantation), mainly). Unless those are big ones for you, focus your time in other areas.

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