31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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Myrtle Beach
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Charleston
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Savannah
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Orlando
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Key West
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Atlanta
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Asheville
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Baltimore
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Williamsburg
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Rehoboth Beach
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Cape May
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New York City
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New Haven
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Newport
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Boston
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North Conway
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach trip itinerary maker tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Myrtle Beach is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Myrtle Beach is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Myrtle Beach: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation

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Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, then have some family-friendly fun at Pounce Cat Cafe, and then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Nathaniel Russell House, admire the natural beauty at Battery & White Point Gardens, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleston route planner.

Traveling by car from Myrtle Beach to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Charleston, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Savannah

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, admire the striking features of Mickve Israel Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then learn about all things military at Webb Military Museum, and finally take a stroll through Savannah Historic District.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Savannah online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Savannah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Savannah sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Orlando

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, make an unforgettable trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Orlando day trip website.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Orlando takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Nightlife

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Key West

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 10th (Fri), stop by Isle Cook Key West, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, view the masterpieces at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Vandenberg Wreck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Key West trip itinerary website.

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Key West. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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Atlanta

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 12th (Sun), partake in some friendly competition at The Escape Game Atlanta, explore the galleries of National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlanta online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Key West to Atlanta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Atlanta when traveling from Key West in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Tours · Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the galleries of Biltmore, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. On the next day, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, have some family-friendly fun at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, and finally identify plant and animal life at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Asheville itinerary planner.

Getting from Atlanta to Asheville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of subway, bus, and car. In July, Asheville is a bit cooler than Atlanta - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Baltimore

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Baltimore, then sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Casino. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at The Walters Art Museum, then learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy, and then test your team's savvy at Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Baltimore road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Baltimore takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Baltimore when traveling from Asheville in July, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Baltimore

Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Williamsburg

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the long history of George Wythe House, steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg journey planner.

You can drive from Baltimore to Williamsburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Williamsburg are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rehoboth Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Rehoboth Beach

Nation's Summer Capital

The population of the city of Rehoboth Beach expands by 25,000 every summer.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Henlopen State Park, then stroll around George H. P. Smith Park, and then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Rehoboth.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rehoboth Beach vacation builder website.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Rehoboth Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Rehoboth Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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Cape May

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.
On the 19th (Sun), meet the residents at Cape May County Park & Zoo, then kick back and relax at Poverty Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cape May trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Rehoboth Beach to Cape May in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Cape May, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

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New York City

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and stroll through The High Line.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City holiday maker site.

Getting from Cape May to New York City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to New Haven.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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New Haven

New Haven, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, browse the collection at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and then admire the masterpieces at Yale University Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New Haven trip planning app.

You can drive from New York City to New Haven in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in New Haven

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Newport

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Breakers, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at Thames Glass.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport trip itinerary planner.

Drive from New Haven to Newport in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Newport, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

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Boston

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.
On the 26th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Granary Burying Ground, then take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Boston trip planning app.

Drive from Newport to Boston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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North Conway

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Wright Museum of WWII and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Ellis Falls.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our North Conway online route planner.

Drive from Boston to North Conway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Boston in July, expect North Conway to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorham Mountain Trail, and then trek along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bar Harbor trip website.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Bar Harbor takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

Florida travel guide

4.3
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Theme Parks
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

4.5
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.