21 days in New England Itinerary

21 days in New England Itinerary

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21 days in New England Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  11​h
1
Provincetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Nantucket
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Camden
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Franconia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Stowe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Palm Springs

2
nights
Provincetown

Provincetown ©
A small resort town with a year-round population of just 3,000, Provincetown draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors with its scenic beaches, art colonies, galleries, theaters, and shops.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Cortile Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage Museums & Gardens and Charles-Baltivik Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Take a break from Provincetown with a short trip to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Herring Cove Beach, explore the galleries of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Sea Space Marine Discovery Center.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Provincetown road trip website .

Palm Springs to Provincetown is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Palm Springs to Provincetown, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Provincetown, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Provincetown

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Plimoth Plantation, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Plimoth Plantation ©
Plimoth Plantation
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Nantucket

Nantucket ©
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Appreciate the collections at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and Whaling Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sankaty Head Lighthouse and Great Point Light. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Milestone Bog, tour the pleasant surroundings at Madaket Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nantucket United Methodist Church, and don't miss a visit to St Paul's Episcopal Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nantucket trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Provincetown to Nantucket in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Nantucket

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sankaty Head Lighthouse ©
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Great Point Light ©
Great Point Light
Brant Point Lighthouse ©
Brant Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Acadia National Park and Indian Point Blagden Preserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Ocean Path and Jordan Pond Path Trailhead. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Otter Cliff, look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, and cruise along Park Loop Road.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nantucket to Bar Harbor takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nantucket in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bar Harbor, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Camden.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Indian Point Blagden Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Otter Cliff ©
Otter Cliff
Acadia National Park ©
Acadia National Park
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

3
nights
Camden

Camden ©
Camden is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Farnsworth Art Museum and Maine Lighthouse Museum. Visiting Camden Hills State Park and Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (in Bristol), The Seal Cove Auto Museum (in Seal Cove) and Fort Knox State Historic Site (in Prospect). There's more to do: examine the collection at Owls Head Transportation Museum and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Battie.

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Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Camden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Camden

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rockland, The Seal Cove Auto Museum, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island, Fort Knox State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Maine Lighthouse Museum ©
Maine Lighthouse Museum
The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Owls Head Transportation Museum ©
Owls Head Transportation Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Maine Maritime Museum and Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Victoria Mansion and St. Ann's Episcopal Church. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Swan Island Wildlife Management Area (in Richmond) and Ogunquit Beach (in Ogunquit). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Portland Head Light, explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art, and wander the streets of Old Port.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Portland online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Camden to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Franconia.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, Ogunquit Beach, Portland Head Light, Maine Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Ann's Episcopal Church ©
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Maine Maritime Museum ©
Maine Maritime Museum
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light

3
nights
Franconia

Franconia ©
Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Get some cultural insight at Flume Gorge and The Gallery at WREN. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Rocky Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Franconia side-trips: Jewell Trail (in Mount Washington) and Mt Washington Auto Rd (in Gorham). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Franconia trip builder app .

Getting from Portland to Franconia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Portland in September since evenings lows in Franconia dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stowe.

Things to do in Franconia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln, Rocky Gorge, The Gallery at WREN, Jewell Trail, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves
Highlights from your plan
Franconia Notch State Park ©
Franconia Notch State Park
Flume Gorge ©
Flume Gorge
Zipline

2
nights
Stowe

Stowe ©
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.
On the 29th (Sun), experience rural life at Shelburne Farms, then see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum, and then trek along Burlington Bike Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Blessed Sacrament Church and then stroll through Stowe Recreation Path.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stowe travel website .

You can drive from Franconia to Stowe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stowe

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shelburne, Burlington Bike Path
Highlights from your plan
Shelburne Farms ©
Shelburne Farms
Stowe Recreation Path ©
Stowe Recreation Path
Shelburne Museum ©
Shelburne Museum

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