55 days in New England & Washington DC Itinerary

55 days in New England & Washington DC Itinerary

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Boston
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
— 25 nights
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Nantucket
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hyannis, MA, Taxi to Provincetown
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Provincetown
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 5 nights
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Lenox
— 2 nights
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Franconia
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Rockland
— 2 nights
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Boston

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Minute Man National Historical Park and National Monument to the Forefathers. You'll discover tucked-away gems like John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and USS Constitution Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boston: Hartford (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art & The Mark Twain House & Museum), Plimoth Patuxet (in Plymouth) and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (in Concord). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old North Church & Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Whydah Pirate Museum, engage your brain at Sandwich Glass Museum, and stroll the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Boston trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Boston is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In May, Boston is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 25 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Get outdoors at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Quantico National Cemetery (in Quantico), Fredericksburg (The Rising Sun Tavern, St George's Episcopal Church, &more) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum, brush up on your military savvy at White House of the Confederacy, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and deepen your knowledge of military history at U.S. Naval Academy.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Boston to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Washington DC is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nantucket

— 2 nights
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. On the 1st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, see the interesting displays at Whaling Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Brant Point Lighthouse, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Episcopal Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Sankaty Head Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Milestone Bog, and then sample the fine beverages at Cisco Brewers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nantucket journey planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Nantucket by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Nantucket reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Provincetown.

Things to do in Nantucket

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Provincetown

— 3 nights

Birthplace of American Liberty

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.
Get outdoors at Art's Dune Tours and Nauset Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Provincetown side-trips: Eastham (Captain Penniman House, Salt Pond Visitor Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Race Point Beach, take in the waterfront at MacMillan Wharf, don't miss a visit to Commercial Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Provincetown trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Nantucket to Provincetown in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Provincetown sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Provincetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport

— 5 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Visit Ocean Drive Historic District and Fort Adams State Park for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Elms and Marble House. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Fall River (Lizzie Borden House & Battleship Cove), The Submarine Force Museum (in Groton) and New Bedford Whaling Museum (in New Bedford). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Rosecliff, steep yourself in history at Rough Point Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and see the sky in a new way at Mystic Seaport Museum.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Newport sightseeing planner.

Drive from Provincetown to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Lenox.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lenox

— 2 nights
Lenox is an affluent town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hancock Shaker Village, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Rockwell Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at MASS MoCA, then explore the world behind art at The Clark Art Institute, and then admire the striking features of Congregational Church.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lenox trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Newport to Lenox in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newport in July since evenings lows in Lenox dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Franconia.

Things to do in Lenox

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franconia

— 2 nights
Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Flume Gorge, and then take a memorable tour with Pemi Valley Moose Tours. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Polar Caves Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Franconia travel route planner.

You can drive from Lenox to Franconia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Franconia, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Franconia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Portland

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Portland Museum of Art and Strawbery Banke Museum. Portland Head Light and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Nubble Lighthouse (in York), Ogunquit (Ogunquit Beach, Perkins Cove, &more) and The Wilson Memorial Chapel (in East Boothbay). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eastern Promenade Trail, identify plant and animal life at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Victoria Mansion.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Portland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Franconia to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Franconia in July, Portland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rockland.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rockland

— 2 nights
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Farnsworth Art Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Battie, and then immerse yourself in nature at Camden Hills State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Owls Head Transportation Museum and then enjoy the sea views from Rockland Breakwater Light.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rockland trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Portland to Rockland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rockland: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Rockland

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 4 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Get in touch with nature at Shore Path and Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Park Loop Road. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Beach, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and trek along Ocean Path.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Bar Harbor online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rockland to Bar Harbor in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip