60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder
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Boston
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Newport
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Mystic
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Niagara Falls
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Baltimore
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Weston
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Virginia Beach
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Rehoboth Beach
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Cape May
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Philadelphia
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New York City
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Stowe
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North Conway
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Portland
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Boston — 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Museum of Fine Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boston: Sandwich (Heritage Museums & Gardens & Sandwich Glass Museum), Hampton Beach State Park (in Hampton) and Plimoth Patuxet (in Plymouth). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, get lost in a book at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, stroll around Boston Public Garden, and take a stroll through North End.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boston day trip website.

Dublin, Ireland to Boston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Boston due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in July: high temperatures in Boston hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Newport.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Newport — 4 nights

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cliff Walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Provincetown (MacMillan Wharf, Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Breakers, take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District, admire the landmark architecture of Marble House, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Newport online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Boston to Newport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Newport sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mystic.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Mystic — 4 nights

A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Mark Twain House & Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mystic side-trips: Yale University Art Gallery (in New Haven), Stanley park (in Westfield) and Cheney Homestead (in Manchester). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabeth Park, don't miss a visit to Connecticut Fallen Firefighters Memorial, enjoy the sea views from Avery Point Light, and get engrossed in the history at USS Nautilus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mystic day trip planning app.

Drive from Newport to Mystic in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Mystic can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Niagara Falls.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 4 nights

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cave of the Winds and The Strong National Museum of Play. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niagara Falls: The Wadsworth Homestead (in Geneseo) and Letchworth State Park (in Castile). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, go for a walk through Goat Island, trek along Niagara Gorge Trail, and enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Mystic to Niagara Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Baltimore.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Baltimore — 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gettysburg National Military Park and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Get out of town with these interesting Baltimore side-trips: Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park), Horseback Riding Tours (in Gettysburg) and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, meet the residents at National Aquarium, and brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Naval Academy.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Baltimore trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Baltimore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Niagara Falls in July, expect Baltimore to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Weston.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Weston — 1 night

Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Appalachian Glass and then steep yourself in history at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Weston day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Baltimore to Weston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Baltimore in July, with highs in Weston at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Williamsburg.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Williamsburg — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Jamestowne and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, cool off at Water Country USA, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and take a tour of Jamestown Settlement.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Williamsburg trip planner.

Fly from Weston to Williamsburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Weston in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Williamsburg: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.
Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours
Side Trip

Virginia Beach — 2 nights

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Military Aviation Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rehoboth Beach.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Side Trip

Rehoboth Beach — 2 nights

The population of the city of Rehoboth Beach expands by 25,000 every summer.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Rehoboth Beach Public Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Dimitra Yoga, then kick back and relax at Cape Henlopen State Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Junction and Breakwater Trail, then walk around George H. P. Smith Park, and then shop like a local with Gallery 37- A Destination for Artful Living.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rehoboth Beach road trip planner.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Rehoboth Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rehoboth Beach are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape May.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips

Cape May — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape May City Beaches and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Cape May's surroundings by going to The Quarter at Tropicana (in Atlantic City), Ocean City Boardwalk (in Ocean City) and Ocean City (Ocean City Beach, Ocean City Boardwalk, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Wildwood Beach, cool off at Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks, and take in the waterfront at Wildwood Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape May online tour itinerary planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips

Philadelphia — 6 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Independence National Historical Park and Dutch Wonderland. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (in Strasburg), Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse) and The Amish Farm and House (in Lancaster). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by car from Cape May to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to New York City.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

New York City — 6 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Boat Tours & Water Sports and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Step out of New York City to go to Poughkeepsie and see Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planning app.

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Stowe.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Stowe — 3 nights

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stowe Recreation Path and Church Street Marketplace. Get out of town with these interesting Stowe side-trips: Montshire Museum of Science (in Norwich), Quechee Gorge (in Quechee) and Cornish-Windsor Bridge (in Windsor). The adventure continues: hike along Burlington Bike Path, see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum, steep yourself in history at Tea at the Governor's House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stowe Mountain Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Stowe trip planner.

Fly from New York City to Stowe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Stowe to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to North Conway.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trips

North Conway — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral Ledge and Mt. Washington Auto Road. Get out of town with these interesting North Conway side-trips: The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park (in Franconia), Bretton Woods Canopy Tour (in Bretton Woods) and Lincoln (Flume Gorge & Off-Road Tours). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths, contemplate the waterfront views at Cascade Falls, take a memorable drive along Kancamagus Highway, and get in on the family fun at Santa's Village.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the North Conway trip planner.

Drive from Stowe to North Conway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in North Conway can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Portland.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Portland — 3 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Marginal Way Walkway and Perkins Cove. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Ogunquit Beach (in Ogunquit), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Boothbay Harbor) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). And it doesn't end there: stop by Old Port, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, and get some fabulous bargains at L.L. Bean Factory Store.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Portland online journey planner.

You can drive from North Conway to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Portland sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 5 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shore Path and Cadillac Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Battie (in Camden) and Rockland Breakwater Light (in Rockland). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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

4.7
Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas
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
Aquariums · Theaters · Observatories
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.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Historic Sites
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.

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.

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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

4.1
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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty 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
Waterfalls · Ski Areas · 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

4.6
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.