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 Plimoth Patuxet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boston: Whydah Pirate Museum (in West Yarmouth), Hartford (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art & The Mark Twain House & Museum) and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (in Concord). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of New England Holocaust Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Auburn Cemetery, engage your brain at Sandwich Glass Museum, and see the interesting displays at Heritage Museums & Gardens.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boston day trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Boston is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Boston is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: high temperatures in Boston hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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 National Portrait Gallery. Get outdoors at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Devils Den. Venture out of the city with trips to Quantico National Cemetery (in Quantico), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Fredericksburg (The Rising Sun Tavern, St George's Episcopal Church, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Historic Ships in Baltimore, and admire the masterpieces at Renwick Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Boston to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in June, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough 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 Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum and Nauset Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Provincetown side-trips: Eastham (Captain Penniman House & Salt Pond Visitor Center) and Nauset Beach (in Orleans). 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 Marble House for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Elms and Rosecliff. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: New Bedford Whaling Museum (in New Bedford), Fall River (Lizzie Borden House & Battleship Cove) and The Submarine Force Museum (in Groton). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Adams State Park, explore the world behind art at RISD Museum, see the sky in a new way at Mystic Seaport Museum, and tour in style with a train tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport journey builder site.

Getting from Provincetown to Newport by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Newport, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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 Victoria Mansion. Portland Head Light and Strawbery Banke Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Ogunquit (Ogunquit Beach, Perkins Cove, &more), Nubble Lighthouse (in York) and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (in Bristol). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eastern Promenade Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Wilson Memorial Chapel.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Portland sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Franconia to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Franconia in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Portland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow 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

Nature · Parks · 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 Ocean Path. There's lots more to do: cruise along Park Loop Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, kick back and relax at Sand Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole.

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 · Nature · Trails

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