17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Mystic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Burlington
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Mystic

Mystic ©
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Olde Mistick Village, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mystic Aquarium, then examine the collection at Mystic Seaport Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tantaquidgeon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): try to win big at Foxwoods Resort Casino, then step aboard Charles W. Morgan, then go for a walk through Mystic River Historical Society, and finally snap pictures at Mystic River Bascule Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mystic sightseeing planner.

Chicago to Mystic is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Mystic are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Mystic

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Tantaquidgeon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Charles W. Morgan ©
Charles W. Morgan
Mystic Aquarium ©
Mystic Aquarium

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Maine Maritime Museum (in Bath), Ogunquit (Ogunquit Beach, Marginal Way Walkway, & more) and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (in Boothbay). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Allagash Brewery, enjoy the sea views from Nubble Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, and admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art.

Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Mystic to Portland in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mystic in September since evenings lows in Portland dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Maine Maritime Museum, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Nubble Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Allagash Brewing Company ©
Allagash Brewing Company
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens ©
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Bar Harbor is known for wildlife, nature, trails, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Acadia National Park, make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, stop by The Christmas Vacation Shop, and identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bar Harbor trip builder app .

You can drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Acadia National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Land Bridge to Bar Island
Land Bridge to Bar Island

2
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Flume Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): get great views at Sugar Hill Scenic Vista, then admire the sheer force of Franconia Falls, and then cool off at Whales Tale Waterpark.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Bar Harbor to Lincoln in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In September in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Burlington.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Flume Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Whales Tale Waterpark ©
Whales Tale Waterpark
Flume Gorge ©
Flume Gorge

2
nights
Burlington

Burlington ©
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. On the 10th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Church Street Marketplace, hike along Burlington Bike Path, then walk around Waterfront Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at White's Beach. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Shelburne Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at 1st Republic Brewing Company, and then stroll through Stowe Recreation Path.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Burlington sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Burlington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Burlington can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Burlington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

1st Republic Brewing Company, White's Beach, Stowe Recreation Path, Shelburne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Burlington Bike Path ©
Burlington Bike Path
Waterfront Park ©
Waterfront Park
Stowe Recreation Path ©
Stowe Recreation Path

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Sugarlands Distilling Company (in Gatlinburg), Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville road trip planning website .

You can fly from Burlington to Asheville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Burlington in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Asheville, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sugarlands Distilling Company, River Rafting & Tubing, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Dollywood
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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