22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 2 nights
Train
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burlington
— 1 night
Drive
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North Conway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Boston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mystic
— 1 night
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New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, take a stroll through Times Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally wander the streets of Society Hill. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masonic Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally trek along Kelly Drive.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Pittsburgh

— 2 nights

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 25th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and then contemplate the long history of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On the next day, stop by Mount Washington, then take a stroll through Strip District, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ironton Rail Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh online trip planner.

Fly from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pittsburgh, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take a tour by water with Maid of the Mist, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Niagara Falls tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. September in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Burlington.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Burlington

— 1 night
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. On the 29th (Tue), trek along Burlington Bike Path, then examine the collection at Shelburne Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Shelburne Bay Park.

Make your Burlington itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Burlington takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to North Conway.

Things to do in Burlington

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

North Conway

— 2 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look and learn at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths, and then admire all the interesting features of Kancamagus Highway. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Gorge, then take a memorable drive along Mt. Washington Auto Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Ledge.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the North Conway online visit planner.

Getting from Burlington to North Conway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Burlington in September, you will find days in North Conway are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in North Conway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get outside with Fisherman's Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Ogunquit Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, stroll through Beth Condon Pathway, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perkins Cove.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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 4th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Shore Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road, and then explore the activities along Jordan Pond Path Trailhead.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bar Harbor driving holiday app.

You can drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Boston

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like North End and Bunker Hill Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boston: Sandwich (Hoxie House, Heritage Museums & Gardens, &more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gloucester).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boston vacation maker website.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Boston by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bar Harbor in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Boston, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at The Breakers, then get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk, and then cruise along Ocean Drive Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of The Elms, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour in style with a train tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Newport vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Boston to Newport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Newport are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mystic.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Mystic

— 1 night
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Pleasure Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Mystic Seaport Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mystic attractions app.

You can drive from Newport to Mystic in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October in Mystic, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Mystic

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Casinos · Specialty Museums · 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.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Ski Areas
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.

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.

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.

Rhode Island travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
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.

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.