8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Provincetown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mystic
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Boston
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Salem
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Boston

1
night
Provincetown

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the waterfront at MacMillan Wharf, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the galleries of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, and finally make a trip to Commercial Street. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Race Point Beach, learn about winemaking at Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, and then get lost in a book at Provincetown Library.

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

Boston to Provincetown is an approximately 1.5-hour ferry ride. You can also fly; or drive. July in Provincetown sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Provincetown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Race Point Beach ©
Race Point Beach

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Thames Glass, take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District, then see the interesting displays at The Breakers, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cliff Walk.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport journey planner .

Drive from Provincetown to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Newport sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mystic.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Drive Historic District ©
Ocean Drive Historic District
The Breakers ©
The Breakers

1
night
Mystic

Mystic ©
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
On the 16th (Tue), examine the collection at Mystic Seaport Museum, meet the residents at Mystic Aquarium, then look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange, and finally take in the views from Mystic River Bascule Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mystic road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Newport to Mystic in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. July in Mystic sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Boston.

Things to do in Mystic

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Aquarium ©
Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic River Bascule Bridge ©
Mystic River Bascule Bridge

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, then take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, and then admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and then stroll through Boston Common.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Boston trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Mystic to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Salem.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

1
night
Salem

Salem ©
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Salem Witch Museum, then examine the collection at Peabody Essex Museum, then steep yourself in history at The House of the Seven Gables, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Pickering Wharf.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salem trip site .

Salem is just a short distance from Boston. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Salem

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Peabody Essex Museum ©
Peabody Essex Museum
The House of the Seven Gables ©
The House of the Seven Gables
Salem Witch Museum ©
Salem Witch Museum

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Portland Head Light, then admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Old Orchard Beach, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rising Tide Brewing Company.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Portland tour planning website .

You can drive from Salem to Portland in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Portland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Portland

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Old Orchard Beach, Portland Head Light
Highlights from your plan
Old Orchard Beach ©
Old Orchard Beach
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Portland Museum of Art ©
Portland Museum of Art

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