12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Hartford
— 1 day
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Mystic
— 1 night
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Boston
— 2 nights
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Salem
— 1 night
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Portsmouth
— 1 night
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Portland
— 1 night
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
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Stowe
— 1 night
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Burlington
— 1 night
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Hartford

— 1 day
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Mark Twain House & Museum, make a trip to Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, and then stroll the grounds of Ancient Burying Ground.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hartford day trip planner.

New York City to Hartford is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Hartford. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mystic.

Things to do in Hartford

Historic Sites · Museums

Mystic

— 1 night
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Mystic Seaport Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mystic Aquarium, and then contemplate the long history of Olde Mistick Village.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mystic online vacation planner.

You can drive from Hartford to Mystic in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Mystic

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Newport

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the world from above with Newport Helicopter Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Drive Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Breakers, visit a coastal fixture at Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, then kick back and relax at Narragansett Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Newport holiday planner.

Getting from Mystic to Newport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. August in Newport sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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 19th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, take a stroll through North End, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, explore the different monuments and memorials at Granary Burying Ground, then stroll around Boston Common, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Boston trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Newport to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Boston sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salem.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salem

— 1 night

Witch City

Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Burying Point Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Salem Witch Museum, then browse the exhibits of The House of the Seven Gables, and finally walk around Salem Witch Trials Memorial.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salem vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Boston to Salem in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Salem are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Salem

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sea views from Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Strawbery Banke Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Prescott Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Portsmouth online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Salem to Portsmouth takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then take an in-depth tour of Victoria Mansion, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Old Orchard Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder site.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Portland in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 1 night
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Shore Path, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August in Bar Harbor, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Stowe.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.
On the 25th (Tue), stop by Stowe Mercantile, then trek along Stowe Recreation Path, then kick your exploration up a notch at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, and finally cruise along Smugglers Notch State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Stowe trip planner.

Fly from Bar Harbor to Stowe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Stowe can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Burlington.

Things to do in Stowe

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Burlington

— 1 night
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Shelburne Farms, take an in-depth tour of Ethan Allen Homestead, then enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach Park, and finally hike along Burlington Bike Path.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Burlington trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Stowe to Burlington by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Stowe in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Burlington. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Burlington

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
Aquariums · Theaters · Observatories
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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Theme Parks · 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.

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.

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.