5 days in New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

5 days in New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Fly to Portland International Jetport, Drive to North Conway
North Conway
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Plattsburgh International Airport, Fly to Washington


North Conway

— 1 night
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 9th (Sat): stop by Zeb's General Store and then take a memorable drive along Kancamagus Highway. On the next day, look and learn at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths, then take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Ledge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the North Conway trip itinerary planner.

Washington to North Conway is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Washington in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in North Conway: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 1 night
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Sugar Hill Scenic Vista, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flume Gorge, then immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lincoln trip builder website.

Getting from North Conway to Lincoln by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from North Conway in October, Lincoln is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Burlington.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stowe Mountain Resort, hike along Stowe Recreation Path, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mansfield State Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Shelburne Museum, then trek along Burlington Bike Path, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Church Street Marketplace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Burlington travel planning tool.

Drive from Lincoln to Burlington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Lincoln in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 44°F in Burlington. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Burlington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

New Hampshire travel guide

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.

Vermont travel guide

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.