10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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North Conway
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New York City
— 4 nights


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 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Round Church, then cruise along Lincoln Gap Road, and then take in the views from Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Stowe Recreation Path, take in the dramatic scenery at Moss Glen Falls, then take in the views from Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Long Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stowe trip planner.

Denver to Stowe is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in October: highs in Stowe hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lincoln.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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Lincoln — 1 night

Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
On the 17th (Mon), get great views at Sugar Hill Scenic Vista, admire the sheer force of Sabbaday Falls, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally admire the majestic nature at Franconia Notch State Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lincoln vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Stowe to Lincoln takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to North Conway.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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North Conway — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Ellis Falls, then explore and take pictures at Kancamagus Highway, and then snap pictures at Saco River Covered Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our North Conway trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Lincoln to North Conway in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lincoln in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in North Conway, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Portland.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Portland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, and then look for gifts at Spoiled Rotten. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then walk around Fort Williams Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Allagash Brewing Company, and finally do a tasting at Maine Mead Works.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from North Conway to Portland in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to New York City.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Shopping
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New York City — 4 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.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to Empire State Building, take a stroll through Times Square, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New York City online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Portland to New York City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in October, with highs in New York City at 70°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Queens.
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Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queens road trip planner.

You can drive from New York City to Queens in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. October in Queens sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will leave for home on the 24th (Mon).
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Vermont travel guide

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

Geologic Formations · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive
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

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.