12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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12 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Ogunquit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Boston
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Providence
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hartford
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
New Haven
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h
8
Richmond
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Charleston
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: San Jose

1
day
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 1st (Mon), view the masterpieces at Little Village Gifts, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, and then examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip itinerary site .

San Francisco to Bar Harbor is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The Seal Cove Auto Museum
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The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Little Village Gifts ©
Little Village Gifts

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Portland Head Light, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, then browse the exhibits of Portland Observatory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Old Orchard Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip planner .

Drive from Bar Harbor to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Portland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ogunquit.

Things to do in Portland

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Portland Head Light, Old Orchard Beach
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Old Orchard Beach ©
Old Orchard Beach
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light

2
nights
Ogunquit

Ogunquit ©
Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Native Americans who inhabited the region long ago, and this remains an accurate description of this holiday destination today.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Strawbery Banke Museum, then shop like a local with Abacus, then stroll through Ogunquit Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kittery Trading Post, then stroll through Hampton Beach State Park, then see the interesting displays at USS Albacore Museum, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ogunquit trip planner.

Drive from Portland to Ogunquit in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July in Ogunquit, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Boston.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Portsmouth, Kittery Trading Post, Hampton Beach State Park, Nubble Lighthouse
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Hampton Beach State Park ©
Hampton Beach State Park

1
night
Boston

Boston ©
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 5th (Fri): browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and then explore and take pictures at Fenway Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Boston visit planning site .

You can drive from Ogunquit to Boston in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ogunquit in July since evenings lows in Boston dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Providence.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Shopping
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace ©
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park

1
night
Providence

Providence ©
Providence has undergone a major upgrade in recent years, transforming from a rough-around-the-edges industrial city into an epicenter of culture.
On the 6th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at State House, then examine the collection at Battleship Cove, and then contemplate the long history of Lizzie Borden House.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Providence day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Boston to Providence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Providence sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Hartford.

Things to do in Providence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fall River
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Lizzie Borden House ©
Lizzie Borden House
Battleship Cove ©
Battleship Cove
Rhode Island State House ©
Rhode Island State House

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night
Hartford

Hartford ©
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hartford online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Providence to Hartford by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Hartford, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to New Haven.

Things to do in Hartford

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lake Compounce, Onyx Moonshine
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Lake Compounce ©
Lake Compounce
The Mark Twain House & Museum ©
The Mark Twain House & Museum

1
night
New Haven

New Haven ©
New Haven, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Lyman Orchards, contemplate the long history of Hyland House Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Hammonasset Beach State Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Yale University.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Haven holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hartford to New Haven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in New Haven can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Richmond.

Things to do in New Haven

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lyman Orchards, Hyland House Museum, Hammonasset Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hammonasset Beach State Park ©
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Lyman Orchards ©
Lyman Orchards
Hyland House Museum ©
Hyland House Museum

1
day
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 9th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Carytown, admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and then admire the landmark architecture of Virginia Capitol Building.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Richmond trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from New Haven to Richmond in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Haven in July: highs in Richmond hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Richmond

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Carytown ©
Carytown
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Capitol Building ©
Virginia Capitol Building

1
night
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at MoonPie General Store, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Folly Beach Public Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston road trip app .

You can fly from Richmond to Charleston in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Folly Beach Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
MoonPie General Store ©
MoonPie General Store

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