12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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New York City
— 2 nights
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New London
— 1 night
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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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Franconia
— 1 night
Drive
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Waterbury
— 1 night
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Stowe
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and finally browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip app.

Phoenix to New York City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in May: highs in New York City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New London.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

New London

— 1 night
New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Thames River Heritage Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Trumbull State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Harkness Memorial State Park.

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Getting from New York City to New London by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in New London dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in New London

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Newport

— 1 night

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sea views from Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Newport itinerary app.

You can drive from New London to Newport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. May in Newport sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
On the 27th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church, then admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Auburn Cemetery. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, then take an in-depth tour of The Paul Revere House, then stroll the grounds of Granary Burying Ground, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Boston visit planner.

Getting from Newport to Boston by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Boston, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip maker app.

You can drive from Boston to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in May, Portland is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Franconia.

Things to do in Portland

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Franconia

— 1 night
Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. On the 30th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, explore the striking landscape at Flume Gorge, then admire the majestic nature at Franconia Notch State Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Ice Castles.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Franconia day trip planner.

You can drive from Portland to Franconia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Franconia are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waterbury.

Things to do in Franconia

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waterbury

— 1 night
Waterbury is a town in Washington County in central Vermont, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio, browse the exhibits of Birds of Vermont Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Round Church, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Stone Corral Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Round Barn Farm, then hike along Robert Frost Wayside Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Texas Falls Recreation Area.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waterbury trip planner.

Getting from Franconia to Waterbury by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Stowe.

Things to do in Waterbury

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stowe trip itinerary builder website.

Stowe is just a stone's throw from Waterbury. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Stowe

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
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.

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.