17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Mystic
— 1 night
Drive
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Boston
— 4 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Mount Washington, then get your game on at LumberjAxes, and then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh driving holiday planner.

Nashville to Pittsburgh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Pittsburgh is 1 hour. In May, Pittsburgh is a bit cooler than Nashville - with highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gettysburg

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your bearings at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, then pause for some photo ops at Virginia Memorial, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gettysburg online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Philadelphia

— 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square), Hersheypark (in Hershey) and Stroud Preserve (in West Chester). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kelly Drive, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia road trip site.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mystic.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mystic

— 1 night
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Mystic Seaport Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mystic Aquarium, and then immerse yourself in nature at Harkness Memorial State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mystic trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Mystic takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in June: high temperatures in Mystic hover around 74°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Mystic

Parks · Tours · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Boston

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gloucester), Falmouth (Shining Sea Bikeway & Spohr Gardens) and Heritage Museums & Gardens (in Sandwich). There's much more to do: stroll around Boston Public Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, engage your brain at Museum of Science, and get engrossed in the history at USS Constitution Museum.

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Traveling by car from Mystic to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Boston, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Perkins Cove, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, and then kick back and relax at Ogunquit Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Westbrook River Walk, then visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally grab your bike and head to Beth Condon Pathway.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland online day trip planner.

Getting from Boston to Portland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Portland, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, then hike along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, and then stroll through Gorham Mountain Trail. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip planner.

Drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Portland in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bar Harbor: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Casinos · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

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.

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.