60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Des Moines
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Indianapolis
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Cincinnati
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Cleveland
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Washington DC
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Hershey
— 1 night
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
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Cape May
— 2 nights
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New York City
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New Haven
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Newport
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Boston
— 6 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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North Conway
— 4 nights
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Stowe
— 1 night
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Niagara Falls
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
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Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get in on the family fun at Adventureland.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines tour planning site.

Lino Lakes to Des Moines is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Lino Lakes in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Des Moines, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park Zoo will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and explore the engaging exhibits at Chicago Children's Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip maker.

You can drive from Des Moines to Chicago in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 7th (Fri), see where the action happens at Victory Field, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Indianapolis Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Monument Circle. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Central Canal, then see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Indianapolis trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Cincinnati

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Family-friendly places like National Museum of the US Air Force and Great American Ball Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cincinnati side-trips: Kings Island (in Mason) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and take in the views from Roebling Suspension Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati online tour planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 3 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Attractions like Cedar Point and Bay Lanes Bowling make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, stroll around The Mall, and try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cleveland attractions planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Cleveland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Cincinnati in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cleveland: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, ponder the world of politics at White House, browse the collection at Library of Congress, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Washington DC journey planning site.

You can drive from Cleveland to Washington DC in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cleveland in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 69°F at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Hershey

— 1 night

Chocolatetown, USA

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hersheypark. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Hersheypark.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hershey trip planner.

Drive from Washington DC to Hershey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hershey when traveling from Washington DC in June, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Philadelphia

— 5 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kids will enjoy Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Sesame Place (in Langhorne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia tour itinerary site.

Getting from Hershey to Philadelphia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cape May

— 2 nights

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 24th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stone Harbor Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wildwood Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches and then take in the waterfront at Ocean City Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape May road trip tool.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Cape May in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape May, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

New York City

— 7 nights

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.
Attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Empire State Building, stop by Times Square, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

You can drive from Cape May to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to New Haven.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

New Haven

— 3 nights
New Haven, in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and The Submarine Force Museum. Get out of town with these interesting New Haven side-trips: Long Beach (in Stratford), Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook) and The Mark Twain House & Museum (in Hartford). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Yale University Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Hammonasset Beach State Park, and deepen your understanding at Yale University.

To find out how to plan a trip to New Haven, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from New York City to New Haven in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in New Haven can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in New Haven

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Newport

— 4 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Bring the kids along to Heritage Museums & Gardens and Nauset Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Plimoth Patuxet (in Plymouth), Sandwich Glass Museum (in Sandwich) and John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum (in Hyannis). The adventure continues: stroll through Shining Sea Bikeway, get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk, view the masterpieces at Thames Glass, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mystic Aquarium.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Newport sightseeing planner.

Getting from New Haven to Newport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Boston

— 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fenway Park and Race Point Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gloucester) and Provincetown (Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum & Herring Cove Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden, have fun and explore at Boston Children's Museum, and browse the exhibits of New England Holocaust Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Boston driving holiday planner.

Drive from Newport to Boston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Boston, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 3 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kids will enjoy Cadillac Mountain and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Boston to Bar Harbor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in July, expect Bar Harbor to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 58°F. You'll set off for North Conway on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa's Village and Kancamagus Highway. Explore North Conway's surroundings by going to Mt. Washington Auto Road (in Gorham) and Flume Gorge (in Franconia). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Story Land and take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the North Conway trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Bar Harbor to North Conway in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in North Conway, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stowe.

Things to do in North Conway

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Stowe

— 1 night

The Ski Capital of the East

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for gifts at Laughing Moon Chocolates, hit the slopes at Smugglers' Notch Resort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stowe Recreation Path.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stowe road trip planning site.

You can drive from North Conway to Stowe in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from North Conway in July, plan for little chillier nights in Stowe, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Stowe

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 1 night

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 24th (Wed), Head underground at Cave of the Winds.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls travel route planner.

You can fly from Stowe to Niagara Falls in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stowe in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Niagara Falls. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 5 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Speed Boats Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Wisconsin Dells side-trips: Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and Madison (Wisconsin State Capitol & Henry Vilas Zoo). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Thu) at Noah's Ark Water Park. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Laser Warfare, get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park, look for gifts at Goody Goody Gum Drop, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Timbavati Wildlife Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Niagara Falls to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Casinos · History 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.

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.

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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
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

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.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.