21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Fly to Portland, Bus to Newport
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Newport
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Portland
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Philadelphia, Bus to Cape May
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Cape May
— 2 nights
Drive

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Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Get outdoors at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Thor's Well. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Nye Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Yachats (Yachats State Park & Smelt Sands State Park). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront, admire the majestic nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mike Miller Park, and look for gifts at The Chocolate Frog.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Newport trip itinerary builder.

Newark to Newport is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Newport due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Newark in July: high temperatures in Newport hover around 63°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Wintler Community Park, take a stroll through Northwest (Nob Hill), admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, and finally pick up some local products at Portland Farmers Market - Office Location. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Multnomah Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum, explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, then examine the collection at Portland Art Museum, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Newport to Portland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Portland is somewhat warmer than Newport - with highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Portland

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Ruth Mayer Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coronado Beach and Windansea Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside) and Laguna Beach (Main Beach & Crystal Cove). There's much more to do: stroll through Moonlight State Beach, take a stroll through Little Italy, enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and steep yourself in history at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego journey maker tool.

You can fly from Portland to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, then get outside with Adventures Out West, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Colorado Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Colorado Springs. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, immerse yourself in nature at Traverse City State Park, then explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Right Brain Brewery, and finally stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Sunset Park, take in the exciting artwork at Michigan Artists Gallery, do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Children's Museum, and finally stroll through Clinch Park.

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Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Traverse City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Colorado Springs to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 17th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and finally stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island driving holiday planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

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 19th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Eastern Promenade Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at East End Beach, get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Cove Trail, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rising Tide Brewing Company, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maine Craft Distilling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Casco Bay, don't miss a visit to Harbor Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Wadsworth-Longfellow House, and finally learn about winemaking at Maine Mead Works.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Portland road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Portland takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in July: highs in Portland hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 3 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Little Village Gifts, look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Saviour's Church :, stop by Bar Harbor Popcorn, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, and finally trek along Great Head Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Kebo Valley Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, and finally head outdoors with Dorr Mountain.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cape May.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trip

Cape May

— 2 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step aboard Spirit of Cape May, kick back and relax at Cape May Point State Park, examine the collection at Cape May Lighthouse, then explore the galleries of World War II Lookout Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at South Cape May Meadows, and finally examine the collection at Cape May Fire Department Museum. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Poverty Beach, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center of Cape May, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape May City Beaches, then steep yourself in history at Emlen Physick Estate, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape May trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bar Harbor to Cape May in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bar Harbor in July, expect Cape May to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

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.

New Jersey travel guide

4
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.