18 days in New England Itinerary

18 days in New England Itinerary

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18 days in New England Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Manchester
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Franconia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bath
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rockland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Nantucket
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
7
Boston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Newport
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Palm Springs

1
night
Manchester

Manchester ©
Manchester is a town in, and one of two shire towns (county seats) of, Bennington County, Vermont, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll the grounds of The Old First Church, then explore the world behind art at The Clark Art Institute, then admire the masterpieces at Williams College Museum of Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at MASS MoCA. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, then take in the exciting artwork at Southern Vermont Arts Center, then see the interesting displays at The American Museum of Fly Fishing, and finally view the masterpieces at Epoch - 18 Vermont Artisans.

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

Palm Springs to Manchester is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, Manchester is cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 74°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Franconia.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Williamstown, MASS MoCA, The Old First Church
Highlights from your plan
The Clark Art Institute ©
The Clark Art Institute
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home ©
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
MASS MoCA ©
MASS MoCA

2
nights
Franconia

Franconia ©
Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Flume Gorge, then identify plant and animal life at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, and then steep yourself in history at Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, examine the collection at Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery at WREN, then see the interesting displays at New England Ski Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sugar Hill Historical Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Franconia day trip tool .

Drive from Manchester to Franconia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Franconia sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Franconia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Johnsbury, Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge, Sugar Hill Historical Museum, The Gallery at WREN, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves
Highlights from your plan
Flume Gorge ©
Flume Gorge
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge ©
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum ©
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

2
nights
Bath

Bath ©
Bath is a city in Sagadahoc County, Maine, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Wilson Memorial Chapel, then examine the collection at Portland Head Light, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of First Parish Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sea views from Doubling Point Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Maine Maritime Museum, and finally stroll through South End Dog Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bath trip tool .

Traveling by car from Franconia to Bath takes 3 hours. Traveling from Franconia in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bath, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockland.

Things to do in Bath

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Boothbay, First Parish Church, Doubling Point Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Portland Head Light
Highlights from your plan
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Maine Maritime Museum ©
Maine Maritime Museum

2
nights
Rockland

Rockland ©
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Farnsworth Art Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Maine Lighthouse Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Battie. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Owls Head Transportation Museum, enjoy the sea views from Rockland Breakwater Light, then visit a coastal fixture at Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of General Henry Knox Museum / Montpelier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockland planner .

You can drive from Bath to Rockland in 1.5 hours. September in Rockland sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Rockland

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Camden, Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum, General Henry Knox Museum / Montpelier
Highlights from your plan
Farnsworth Art Museum ©
Farnsworth Art Museum
Owls Head Transportation Museum ©
Owls Head Transportation Museum
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum ©
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Saviour's Church :, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ship Harbor Nature Trail, see the interesting displays at Abbe Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, and finally stop by Christmas Spirit Shop. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, then admire all the interesting features of Park Loop Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor attractions website .

You can drive from Rockland to Bar Harbor in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Ship Harbor Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Abbe Museum ©
Abbe Museum
St. Saviour's Church : ©
St. Saviour's Church :

2
nights
Nantucket

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Whaling Museum and Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Milestone Bog and Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Altar Rock, get great views at First Congregational Church, don't miss a visit to Brant Point Lighthouse, and pause for some serene contemplation at Unitarian Universalist Meeting House Nantucket.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nantucket trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bar Harbor to Nantucket in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bar Harbor in September since evenings lows in Nantucket dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Nantucket

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sankaty Head Lighthouse ©
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Whaling Museum ©
Whaling Museum
Brant Point Lighthouse ©
Brant Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
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 17th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Burying Point Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at The House of the Seven Gables. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Granary Burying Ground, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church, then admire the masterpieces at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Boston trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nantucket to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Boston, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Salem
Highlights from your plan
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ©
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Old Burying Point Cemetery ©
Old Burying Point Cemetery

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Rosecliff, admire the striking features of Marble House, then admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Adams State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anthony of Padua Church and then examine the collection at New Bedford Whaling Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newport holiday maker website .

You can drive from Boston to Newport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

New Bedford
Highlights from your plan
Rosecliff ©
Rosecliff
New Bedford Whaling Museum ©
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Fort Adams State Park ©
Fort Adams State Park

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