12 days in New England Itinerary

12 days in New England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Salem
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burlington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boston
— 3 nights

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Salem

— 1 night

Witch City

Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salem road trip planner.

Phoenix to Salem is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Salem due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Salem hover around 75°F and lows are around 54°F. You will leave for Portland on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Salem

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Portland

— 1 night

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
On the 29th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then take an in-depth tour of Victoria Mansion, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Portland travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Salem to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights

First Eastern 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Carriage Roads, then get engrossed in the history at Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, and then explore the activities along Jordan Pond Path Trailhead. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Acadia's Birds, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Acadia National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Acadia National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September in Acadia National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Jackson

— 2 nights
Jackson is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Jackson Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Ellis Falls, and then take in the views from Honeymoon Bridge. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Cathedral Ledge, look and learn at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, and then cruise along Kancamagus Highway.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jackson trip itinerary app.

Drive from Acadia National Park to Jackson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Jackson are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Burlington.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Burlington

— 2 nights
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): hike along Birds of Vermont Museum, then stroll through Stowe Recreation Path, and then take a memorable drive along Smugglers Notch State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): hike along Burlington Bike Path, sample the tasty concoctions at Queen City Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Shelburne Farms, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Burlington road trip site.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Burlington takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Burlington

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boston

— 3 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Popular historic sites such as Freedom Trail and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House are in your itinerary. Take a break from Boston with a short trip to Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by North End, shop like a local with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity Church, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State House.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Boston trip planner.

You can drive from Burlington to Boston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Burlington in October since evenings lows in Boston dip to 50°F.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

White Mountains travel guide

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Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Theme Parks
The vast White Mountains cover not only a quarter of New Hampshire, but also a good portion of western Maine. A popular holiday destination for hiking and camping throughout the year, this mountain range includes some of the most rugged terrain in New England. Most of the area is public land, with a number of state parks and a sprawling national forest. The range includes 48 peaks over 1,200 m (4,000 ft) tall, popularly known as the "four-thousand footers." Mount Washington stands out among these, at 1,917 m (6,288 ft), as the highest peak in the northeastern section of the United States. To explore the mountains while on vacation, you can park at the national forest's trailheads, but be sure to purchase a parking permit at any of the area's visitor centers first.