11 days in East Coast of USA & Lancaster Itinerary

11 days in East Coast of USA & Lancaster Itinerary

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11 days in East Coast of USA & Lancaster Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Blue Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
New York City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Essex
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Oak Bluffs
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Salem
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
9
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Nashville

1
night
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge ©
Blue Ridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): appreciate the views at Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and then take in nature's colorful creations at Walter's Greenhouse.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Blue Ridge trip itinerary builder tool .

Nashville to Blue Ridge is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Blue Ridge

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, Walter's Greenhouse
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Peaks of Otter Visitor Center ©
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
Walter's Greenhouse ©
Walter's Greenhouse

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night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, then hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Blue Ridge to Shenandoah National Park takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts ©
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts

1
night
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Christiane David Gallery, experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, and then get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lancaster trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Lancaster takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and train. When traveling from Shenandoah National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Lancaster, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Christiane David Gallery ©
Christiane David Gallery

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City trip planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lancaster in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Essex.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

1
night
Essex

Essex ©
Essex is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a tour by water with Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, see the interesting displays at Connecticut River Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Griswold Museum, and finally go for a walk through Main Street Park, Essex Village.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Essex trip website .

Drive from New York City to Essex in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Essex reach 52°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oak Bluffs.

Things to do in Essex

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Florence Griswold Museum
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Florence Griswold Museum ©
Florence Griswold Museum
Connecticut River Museum ©
Connecticut River Museum

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Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs ©
Oak Bluffs is a town located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. On the 8th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Aquinnah Cliffs, enjoy the sea views from Edgartown Lighthouse, then admire the striking features of Trinity Park Tabernacle, then wander the streets of Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA), and finally make a trip to Flying Horses Carousel.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oak Bluffs holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Essex to Oak Bluffs with the Route module. In November, daytime highs in Oak Bluffs are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salem.

Things to do in Oak Bluffs

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Aquinnah Cliffs, Edgartown Lighthouse
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Trinity Park Tabernacle ©
Trinity Park Tabernacle
Edgartown Lighthouse ©
Edgartown Lighthouse
Flying Horses Carousel ©
Flying Horses Carousel

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Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Burying Point Cemetery, examine the collection at Salem Witch Museum, then see the interesting displays at Peabody Essex Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of The House of the Seven Gables.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salem planner .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Oak Bluffs to Salem in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Pickering Wharf ©
Pickering Wharf

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 10th (Sun), stop by Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor trip planner .

Drive from Salem to Bar Harbor in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Salem in November, expect nights in Bar Harbor to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Shopping
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Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars ©

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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park ©
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
On the 11th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Carriage Roads and then explore the activities along Jordan Pond Path Trailhead.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Acadia National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Acadia National Park is just a short distance from Bar Harbor. In November, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Carriage Roads ©
Carriage Roads
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road

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