12 days in New England Itinerary

12 days in New England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New England travel planner
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Fly
1
Newport
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Rockland
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kennebunkport
— 1 night
Drive
5
Franconia
— 1 night
Drive
6
Sandwich
— 2 nights
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Newport — 2 nights

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cliff Walk and Fort Adams State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rough Point Museum and Touro Synagogue. When in Newport, make a side trip to see Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, approximately Fall River away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Breakers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip planner.

San Francisco to Newport is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 3 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ocean Path and Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail. Get outdoors at Carriage Roads and Thunder Hole. There's much more to do: hike along Gorham Mountain Trail, stroll through Bubble Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor travel tool.

You can fly from Newport to Bar Harbor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newport in October: high temperatures in Bar Harbor hover around 59°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rockland.
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Rockland — 2 nights

Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Owls Head Transportation Museum and then browse the exhibits of Farnsworth Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Camden Hills State Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockland travel planning website.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Rockland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kennebunkport.
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Kennebunkport — 1 night

Kennebunkport is a town in York County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kennebunkport attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rockland to Kennebunkport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Franconia.
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Side Trip

Franconia — 1 night

Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Franconia route planner.

Drive from Kennebunkport to Franconia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Franconia sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sandwich.
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Sandwich — 2 nights

Sandwich is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shining Sea Bikeway. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sandwich Glass Museum, see the interesting displays at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and then admire the majestic nature at National Monument to the Forefathers.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sandwich trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Franconia to Sandwich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Franconia in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sandwich, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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