12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Wilmington
— 1 night
Train
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New York City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Boston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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North Conway
— 1 night
Drive
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Stowe
— 1 night
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
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Wilmington

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hagley Museum And Library, then head outdoors with Mt. Cuba Center, and then take an in-depth tour of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip itinerary maker tool.

Phoenix to Wilmington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Wilmington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in May, expect nights in Wilmington to be little chillier, around 54°F, while days are much colder, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 24th (Mon), browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, then explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), then see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and finally make a trip to Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New York City holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Wilmington to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites

Newport

— 1 night

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Cliff Walk.

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

Drive from New York City to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Newport dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Boston

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the galleries of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, contemplate the waterfront views at Walden Pond State Reservation, then steep yourself in history at The Paul Revere House, and finally stroll through Charles River Esplanade. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Brook Path, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Massachusetts State House.

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You can drive from Newport to Boston in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boston

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): hike along Westbrook River Walk, grab your bike and head to Spring Point Shoreway, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Greenbelt Walkway, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Portland trip planner.

You can drive from Boston to Portland in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in May, Portland is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Conway

— 1 night
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Black Cap Hiking Trail, explore the activities along Rocky Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Ledge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our North Conway online trip maker.

Getting from Portland to North Conway by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Portland in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in North Conway: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Stowe.

Things to do in North Conway

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Stowe

— 1 night

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Moss Glen Falls and then trek along Stowe Recreation Path.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Stowe road trip site.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Stowe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from North Conway in May, you will find days in Stowe are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and finally step off the mainland to explore Three Sisters Island. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Niagara Wine Trail USA, then get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Niagara Gorge Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip planning tool.

You can fly from Stowe to Niagara Falls in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stowe in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Rhode Island travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
The Ocean State
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island includes over 640 km (400 mi) of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and more than 30 islands. Most of the state is part of the U.S. mainland, despite its somewhat misleading name. Though it takes only about 40 minutes to drive across this tiny state, Rhode Island includes more white sandy beaches than most visitors can hope to explore on a single trip. The state's one big city and surrounding small towns brim with places to visit, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historical neighborhoods packed with colonial-era buildings. Although the state may seem small, your holiday itinerary is sure to be chock-full.

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
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

4.6
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 Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Ski Areas
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.