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The Northeast of the US is home to some of the oldest cities in the US, as well as amazing natural locations such as Niagara Falls, the old mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, and the rocky coasts that run from Maine and down to Massachusetts. The northeast is full of amazing travel destinations with a bit of historical significance.

Travelers embarking on this road trip will end with a great idea and taste of culture in the northeastern US. With four dramatic seasons and rapidly changing weather, check out the stunning northeastern United States.


Day 1 - Landing in JFK, New York

Travelers will start their journey at JFK airport, where they will land and pick up their car rental. The first day is primarily for adjustment and getting everything together. Once the travelers are all set, they should venture into the city to start enjoying New York City.

Day 2 - New York City

The largest American city, New York, and its boroughs offer much to both travelers and residents of the city. First-time visitors to New York should hit up a couple of attractions such as the Statue of Liberty or Elis Island. Of course, New York is full of an abundance of delicious food to check out and cool places to spend time at too.

Via Carota

This Michelin Star restaurant in New York City comes highly recommended. It has an adorable interior, a creative food menu, and some excellent cocktails.

  • Address - 51 Grove St, New York City, NY 10014-3416
  • Contact - +1 212-255-1962
  • Cost - $$-$$$
  • Must-Try - Zucchini Fritti
  • Menu

Day 3 - Philadelphia

After travelers finish off in New York, it will be time to make the journey to Philadelphia, one of the most historic cities in the US. First-timers to Philadelphia should check out some historical attractions, such as the Liberty Bell, an iconic part of American History. Philadelphia is also home to some great food and museums.

Hershel's East Side Deli

It’s hard to beat a good Sandwich in Philadelphia. Travelers should check out Hershel's East Side Deli for some of the best sandwiches in the city.

Day 4 - Atlantic City

Topping 20 million visitors a year, Atlantic City and its stunning coast have been tourist magnets for decades. Travelers can experience the city’s famous boardwalk with all of its amusements and eateries. Absecon Lighthouse and Steel Pier are also places worth checking out while in the city.

White House Sub Shop

While in Jersey, travelers should be sure to enjoy a sub at White House Sub Shop. Their subs are of great value, and they have that northeastern Italian-American feel.

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Day 5 - East Durham, Catskills

It is a bit of a drive up to East Durham from Atlantic City, but as long as travelers get a fairly early start, then they still have plenty of time in East Durham and the Catskills. Travelers can take advantage of a couple of local hikes or perhaps some local Irish food.

Day 6 - Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York

Crossing most of New York State to reach Buffalo and Niagara Falls is a bit of a drive, so travelers should start early. Niagara Falls is in itself one of the modern natural wonders of the world. However, after some time at the falls, travelers should venture into Buffalo to spend the evening.


Hutch’s is everything a traveler wants on a night out after nearly a week of exploring. With good drinks and excellent food, travelers will find Hutch’s to be an excellent place to unwind.

  • Address - 1375 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209-1108
  • Contact - +1 716-885-0074
  • Cost - $$$$
  • Must-Try - The Halibut
  • Menu

Day 7 - Golden Hill State Park, New York

The primary goal of this day in the journey is to spend the night at the Lighthouse in Golden Hill State Park, so travelers can spend the evening stargazing. The lighthouse is only rentable to one group at a time to travelers should try to book in advance.

  • Main Entrance - 9691 Lower Lake Rd, Barker, NY 14012, United States
  • Park Activities - camping, fishing, boating, shoreline hiking, picnicking, nature walks, walking tours of the lighthouse site, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
  • Cost for Entrance - Vehicle Entrance Fee: Cars $6 / Non-Profit Buses $35 /Commercial Buses $75
  • Cost for Campsites - $15-$31/night *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Cost for Yurts - $83.75 per day / $335 weekly (NYS Residents) $90.00 per day / $360 weekly (Non-NYS Residents)
  • Cost for Lighthouse, Non-Peak - $200/night-$800/week.
  • Cost for Lighthouse, Peak season - $200/night-$1250/week.
  • The Day’s Route

Day 8 - Syracuse, New York

On the shore of Lake Onondaga and with the reach of Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a stunning city. A city of hills, Syracuse gives travelers a small city feel with everything the larger cities have to offer.

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Day 9 - Burlington, Vermont

The largest in Vermont and the home of the University of Vermont, there is always quite a bit happening in Burlington. The city offers a blend of culture and New England charms while being nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Penny Cluse Café

When it comes to breakfast in Burlington, the Penny Cluse Café stands out. Travelers can expect to start their morning off right with a visit here.

Day 10 - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

The trip from Burlington to Waterville Valley across Vermont and New Hampshire is quite a pleasant one. It isn’t too long, and travelers will be able to pass through some incredibly scenic wilderness. Once in the Valley, travelers should perhaps check out some local hiking trails or perhaps just enjoy Waterville’s town square.

Coyote Grill

The Coyote Grill offers a delicious and dependable dining experience. They offer up a mix of American favorites as well as some more creative dishes on their ever-changing menu.

  • Address - 98 Valley Rd, Waterville Valley, NH 03215
  • Contact - +1 603-236-4919
  • Cost - $$-$$$
  • Must-Try - Venison (if available)
  • Menu

Day 11 - Portland, Maine

A city known for ornate mansions and ocean views, Portland is a charming city and popular destination along the New England coast. Its cobblestone streets and port district give it a bit of a European feel, and it is full of great eateries.

Evo Kitchen + Bar

Evo offers an energetic atmosphere and mix of excellent food and great drinks. Evo Kitchen + Bar will be a great way for travelers to spend their evenings in Portland.

Day 12 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is one of the most walkable cities in the northeast, and that’s exactly what travelers will do during their visit to this city. Shops and restaurants populate the brick buildings of Portsmouth's downtown, giving travelers something new to discover at every corner.

Day 13 - Boston, Massachusetts

Travelers will finally arrive in Boston, Massachusetts, on the third day of their road trip. Boston has a ton for travelers to check out. They can spend time at one of the museums, the aquarium, or perhaps just be a tourist and explore Quincy Market.

Monica’s Mercato

Monica’s Mercato is another fantastic sandwich shop that travelers should check out. Their sandwiches are huge and authentically delicious.

Day 14 - Fly Out Of Logan Airport

Depending on the time of their flight, travelers may have a bit of time to explore the city before they depart. If they are looking to end the day with a good Irish breakfast, then they check out Emmets. However, this day does mark the end of this two-week road trip.