12 days in New England Itinerary

12 days in New England Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Salem
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Conway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Middlebury
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boston
— 3 nights

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Salem

— 1 night

Witch City

Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salem road trip planner.

Phoenix to Salem is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Salem due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Salem hover around 75°F and lows are around 54°F. You will leave for Portland on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Salem

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Portland

— 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then take an in-depth tour of Victoria Mansion, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Portland travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Salem to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Carriage Roads, then get engrossed in the history at Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, and then explore the activities along Jordan Pond Path Trailhead. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Acadia's Birds, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Acadia National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Acadia National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September in Acadia National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

North Conway

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), look and learn at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, cruise along Kancamagus Highway, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Little White Church, and finally stop by Naked Bohemian. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Russell-Colbath Homestead, take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest, then take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Ledge.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our North Conway tour planner.

You can drive from Acadia National Park to North Conway in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. October in North Conway sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Middlebury.

Things to do in North Conway

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Middlebury

— 2 nights
Middlebury is the shire town (county seat) of Addison County, Vermont, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): trek along Robert Frost Wayside Trail, don't miss a visit to Pulp Mill Covered Bridge, then experience rural life at UVM Morgan Horse Farm, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Otter Creek Brewing. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Warren Falls, steep yourself in history at Crown Point State Historic Site, and then deepen your understanding at Middlebury College.

Before you visit Middlebury, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Middlebury takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Middlebury can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Middlebury

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Boston

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Freedom Trail and Granary Burying Ground are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boston: Edward Gorey House (in Yarmouth Port), Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises (in Barnstable) and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (in Concord). There's still lots to do: visit North End, take an in-depth tour of USS Constitution Museum, shop like a local with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and walk around Boston Common.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Boston road trip planning app.

Getting from Middlebury to Boston by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Middlebury in October, Boston is a bit warmer at night with lows of 50°F.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

White Mountains travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Scenic Drive · Theme Parks
The vast White Mountains cover not only a quarter of New Hampshire, but also a good portion of western Maine. A popular holiday destination for hiking and camping throughout the year, this mountain range includes some of the most rugged terrain in New England. Most of the area is public land, with a number of state parks and a sprawling national forest. The range includes 48 peaks over 1,200 m (4,000 ft) tall, popularly known as the "four-thousand footers." Mount Washington stands out among these, at 1,917 m (6,288 ft), as the highest peak in the northeastern section of the United States. To explore the mountains while on vacation, you can park at the national forest's trailheads, but be sure to purchase a parking permit at any of the area's visitor centers first.