The United States 9-Day Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 4 self-drive trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to the United States.
The craggy coastline of Maine
Map of Coastal Maine Road Trip - 9 Days
Coastal Maine Road Trip - 9 Days

This coastal road trip is the perfect way to explore the top sights and hidden coasts of Maine, aptly referred to as "Vacationland". The route is quite flexible: you'll follow the bend in the coast from Portland to Camden to Acadia, with opportunities to explore lesser-visited peninsulas along the way. You can stick to the better-known spots (Portland, Camden, Acadia) or spend some time off the beaten path with a kayak ride through a marsh south of Portland, a boat trip to Monhegan island, or a day hiking around Isle Au Haute, part of Acadia National Park.

View from Charlies Bunion Summit
Southeast Road Trip: Asheville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville, & More - 9 Days

This 9-day road trip takes you on an active adventure to Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. You’ll spend the majority of your time enjoying the great outdoors and avoiding the crowds. Although this version starts and ends in Atlanta, the route is easily adjusted for a starting point from any city in these three states. Hike, bike, and drive your way across some of the highlights of the Southeast!

Mount Whitney and the Alabama Hills in the Sunset
Map of Grand Tour of the Sierra Nevada - 9 Days
Grand Tour of the Sierra Nevada - 9 Days

John Muir called the Sierra Nevada the Range of Light.  With this itinerary, you will experience the full majesty of this mountain range, and come to understand and appreciate his sentiment.  You'll start from the less-visited Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite and move to the wonder that is Mono Lake on the east side of the mountain range.  You'll continue on to explore the alpine lakes in the Mammoth and June Lakes areas.  Then, you'll make your way further south to Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States, before looping back to the Western Sierras with a stop in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

St. Augustine Beach, courtesy of Old Town Trolley Tours
Florida's Coasts & Keys - 9 Days

This 9-day road trip takes you around the state of Florida, visiting the best of both coasts. From America's oldest city to the Great Florida Reef, you'll enjoy a variety of activities on this trip around the Sunshine State, most focusing on its great outdoors. The itinerary starts and ends in Orlando, but the route can be easily adjusted for a starting point from any city in Florida.