12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
Make it your trip
— 1 day
— 1 night
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
New York City
— 5 nights
Cape May
— 1 night
Bus to Greyhound Terminal -10Th St/Filbert St, Fly to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 2 nights


Mystic — 1 day

A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Thames River Heritage Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Mystic tour itinerary site.

Orlando to Mystic is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect Mystic to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Boston.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trip

Boston — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and then stroll through Charles River Esplanade.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boston trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mystic to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bar Harbor.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 2 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Peninsula, then explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Point, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain. On your second day here, trek along Great Head Trail, trek along Gorham Mountain Trail, and then trek along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor driving holiday site.

Getting from Boston to Bar Harbor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Bar Harbor is slightly colder than Boston - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

New York City — 5 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, find something for the whole family at Victorian Gardens, get great views at Top of the Rock, and stop by Times Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online route planner.

You can fly from Bar Harbor to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bar Harbor in July; daily highs in New York City reach 86°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape May.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Cape May — 1 night

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
On the 16th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cape May County Park & Zoo and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape May trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from New York City to Cape May takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Traverse City.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Traverse City — 2 nights

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then trek along Empire Bluff Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Cape May to Traverse City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cape May in July since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Connecticut travel guide

Historic Sites · Aquariums · Theaters
The Constitution State
Perhaps best known for its renowned private and public universities, Connecticut was once home to the country's first law school and still boasts one of the oldest secondary schools in America. More than just a small state packed with students, Connecticut offers visitors a chance to explore some of New England's finest tourist attractions while on vacation, including lighthouses, beaches, theaters, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Despite its small size, the state also boasts two large casino complexes, both located on Native American reservations. Rich in history and natural beauty, Connecticut draws newcomers from around the world, with large Polish, Chinese, and Hispanic communities.

Massachusetts travel guide

History Museums · Art Museums · Nightlife
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

Maine travel guide

Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

New Jersey travel guide

Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.