17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
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Burlington
— 2 nights
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
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Newport
— 1 night
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Mystic
— 1 night
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Boston
— 2 nights
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Washington DC — 4 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arlington National Cemetery, Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American History, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Smithsonian Institution Building and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC route planner.

Los Angeles to Washington DC is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Gettysburg.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Gettysburg

Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
On the 13th (Wed), witness the site of a historic battle at East Cavalry Battlefield, take in the history at Big Round Top, explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery, then examine the collection at Rupp House, and finally stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gettysburg itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Washington DC to Gettysburg in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Gettysburg reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Burlington.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Burlington — 2 nights

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Burlington tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Gettysburg to Burlington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Burlington can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 2 nights

Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, then learn more about the world around you at Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, then admire the masterpieces at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and finally contemplate the long history of Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Clark's Trading Post, then get to know the fascinating history of Flume Gorge, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Lincoln trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Burlington to Lincoln in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Burlington in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Lincoln. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Portland.
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Portland — 2 nights

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 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Parson's Way, then gain interesting insight with Seashore Trolley Museum, then examine the collection at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Eastern Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Maine Jewish Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then enjoy the sea views from Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Portland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Portland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 1 night

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Wendell Gilley Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, then look for gifts at Bar Harbor Popcorn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Portland to Bar Harbor by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Newport.
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Newport — 1 night

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 20th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Audrain Automobile Museum, then explore the galleries of International Tennis Hall of Fame, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Newport online day trip planner.

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Newport in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Newport when traveling from Bar Harbor in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mystic.
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Mystic — 1 night

A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get from here to there with Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruises, brush up on your military savvy at USS Nautilus, contemplate the long history of Florence Griswold Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Mystic Museum of Art, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mystic travel planning site.

Getting from Newport to Mystic by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Mystic can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Boston.
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Boston — 2 nights

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 22nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, take in the views from The Old North Bridge, explore the galleries of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, then take in the history at Minute Man National Historical Park, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Lexington Green. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Buckman Tavern, take an in-depth tour of Hancock-Clarke House, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally step off the mainland to explore Castle Island.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boston holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mystic to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Boston, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Historic Sites
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.
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New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Geologic Formations · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
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.
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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.
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Rhode Island travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas
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.
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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.
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Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Nightlife
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.
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