12 days in New England Itinerary

12 days in New England Itinerary

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12 days in New England Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Ogunquit
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Boston
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Provincetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Falmouth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Newport
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Acadia National Park and Schoodic Point. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :, take in the dramatic natural features at Schoodic Peninsula, and take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip itinerary app .

Des Moines to Bar Harbor is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In October, Bar Harbor is a bit cooler than Des Moines - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ogunquit.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cadillac Mountain, Indian Point Blagden Preserve, Schoodic Point
Highlights from your plan
Acadia National Park ©
Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Schoodic Peninsula ©
Schoodic Peninsula

1
night
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 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway, then explore the striking landscape at Perkins Cove, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ogunquit online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Bar Harbor to Ogunquit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October in Ogunquit, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Boston.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nubble Lighthouse, St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Nubble Lighthouse ©
Nubble Lighthouse
Perkins Cove ©
Perkins Cove

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park, then stroll around Boston Public Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at King's Chapel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Boston trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ogunquit to Boston by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ogunquit in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Boston, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Provincetown.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Mount Auburn Cemetery ©
Mount Auburn Cemetery

2
nights
Provincetown

Provincetown ©
A small resort town with a year-round population of just 3,000, Provincetown draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors with its scenic beaches, art colonies, galleries, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cape Cod National Seashore and then contemplate the long history of Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Race Point Beach, then kick back and relax at Herring Cove Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Provincetown itinerary tool .

You can ride a ferry from Boston to Provincetown in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Provincetown sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Falmouth.

Things to do in Provincetown

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Cape Cod National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Cape Cod National Seashore ©
Cape Cod National Seashore
Race Point Beach ©
Race Point Beach
Herring Cove Beach ©
Herring Cove Beach

1
night
Falmouth

Falmouth ©
Falmouth is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. On the 10th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Highfield Hall & Gardens, get curious at Sandwich Glass Museum, grab your bike and head to Shining Sea Bikeway, then admire all the interesting features of Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (The Knob), and finally visit a coastal fixture at Nobska Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Falmouth sightseeing planner .

Drive from Provincetown to Falmouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Falmouth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sandwich Glass Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shining Sea Bikeway ©
Shining Sea Bikeway
Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (The Knob) ©
Sandwich Glass Museum ©
Sandwich Glass Museum

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, examine the collection at The Breakers, then hike along Cliff Walk, and finally take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area, then get engrossed in the history at Lizzie Borden House, and then admire all the interesting features of Beavertail Lighthouse and Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip planner .

Drive from Falmouth to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area, Lizzie Borden House, Beavertail Lighthouse and Park
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Drive Historic District ©
Ocean Drive Historic District
The Breakers ©
The Breakers
Lizzie Borden House ©
Lizzie Borden House

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