15 days in Vermont & East Coast of USA Itinerary

15 days in Vermont & East Coast of USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Stowe
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portsmouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Boston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Hartford
— 1 night
Drive
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New York City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape May
— 2 nights
Ferry to Lewes, DE, Fly to Chattanooga

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Stowe

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 18th (Sat): trek along Stowe Recreation Path.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Stowe route maker.

Chattanooga to Stowe is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chattanooga in September, with highs in Stowe at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, explore the activities along Frenchman Bay, and then explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Precipice Trail, then hike along Great Head Trail, and finally stroll through Gorham Mountain Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip builder website.

Fly from Stowe to Bar Harbor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bar Harbor, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. On the 21st (Tue), grab your bike and head to Phillips Exeter Trail, then hike along Salisbury Rail Trail, then kick back and relax at North Hampton State Beach, and finally trek along Little Boar's Head Seaside Trail.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portsmouth visit planner.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Portsmouth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Boston.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Boston

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boston: Sandwich (Hoxie House, Heritage Museums & Gardens, &more) and Cape Cod Canal (in Buzzards Bay). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, and steep yourself in history at Granary Burying Ground.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Boston road trip site.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Boston in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Boston are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Newport Car Museum, gain a rich perspective with Rhode Island Red Food Tours, and then take a tour by water with Fish'n Tales Adventures.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Newport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boston to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hartford.

Things to do in Newport

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hartford

— 1 night
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Wickham Park, then contemplate the long history of Cheney Homestead, and then relax in the rural setting at Gotta's Farm and Cider Mill.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hartford vacation builder website.

You can drive from Newport to Hartford in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Hartford, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Hartford

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New York City

— 4 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Hartford to New York City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hartford in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in New York City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Cape May

— 2 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Cape May Bird Observatory, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas and then enjoy the sea views from Cape May Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape May route builder.

Traveling by car from New York City to Cape May takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In September in Cape May, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.