Itinerary – The Mayflower and the Atlantic Colonies
Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Regional Journeys Boston | Portland | Portsmouth | Plymouth | Newport
New York City | Philadelphia | Richmond | Virginia Beach
Wilmington | Charleston | Savannah | Charlotte

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 1,694 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 19 Nights
Recommended travel season: Year-round
Drive down the Atlantic Coast from Boston, Massachusetts, to Charlotte, North Carolina, and explore the key sights and cities that marked the birth of the United States of America, 400 years after the Mayflower first landed.

Boston, Massachusetts via Portland, Maine
to Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Explore Boston - established in 1630 as part of the Massachusetts Colony - one of the oldest cities in the United States. Here, you can follow the Freedom Trail and visit the Boston Harbor, famous for the Boston Tea Party. Drive out of the city and take in the spectacular views on your way to Portland, Maine. Afterwards, head south through towns and villages that were once fishing stations and settlements born in the 1600s until you reach the pretty seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Length of leg: 164 miles | Total distance travelled: 164 miles

Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Return to Massachusetts and visit Salem, notorious for its witch trials in 1692. Visit the Witch House, the only building still standing linked to the trials. Onto Plymouth, and possibly the most famous location in the history of the colonies. In 1620, Plymouth Colony was the first permanent Puritan settlement in America and the landing site for the Mayflower. Visit Pilgrim Memorial State Park home to Plymouth Rock, the site where the early Pilgrims stepped ashore.
Length of leg: 96 miles | Total distance travelled: 260 miles

Plymouth, Massachusetts via Newport, Rhode Island
to New York City, New York

Continue to Newport along the 10-mile Ocean Drive, and enjoy spectacular views across the Narragansett Bay, to the Newport Estates and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue along the coast of Long Island to New York City, which plays host to such iconic sights as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and many renowned museums that explore the history of this incredible city.
Length of leg: 238 miles | Total distance travelled: 498 miles


New York City, New York via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia

Continue to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of America's largest cities during colonial times and the nation's capital through most of the American Revolutionary War. Here, you can visit the Independence National Historic Park, home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Continue your journey into Virginia where a short drive from Richmond are the towns of Williamsburg and Jamestown, both earlier capitals of Virginia. Head to the coast and relax with a stroll along the Virginia Beach boardwalk or the beautiful beach.
Length of leg: 371 miles | Total distance travelled: 869 miles

Virginia Beach, Virginia via Wilmington, North Carolina
to Charleston, South Carolina

Travel south along the spectacular Atlantic Coast into North Carolina and visit the historic town of Wilmington before continuing into South Carolina. Stop at Myrtle Beach to visit its pristine beaches, and further on to Georgetown, an important port during the colonial period. On to Charleston, founded in 1670 and the first settlement in the state named in honor of King Charles II.
Length of leg: 465 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,334 miles


Charleston, South Carolina via Savannah, Georgia
to Charlotte, North Carolina

Head across the state border to Savannah, Georgia, which was the last of the Thirteen colonies. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and considered by many to be the most beautiful. From here, continue into North Carolina and to Charlotte, where you can visit the Charlotte Museum of History, on the site of the Hezekiah Alexander House, built in 1774 and still standing as the oldest building in the county.
Length of leg: 360 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,694 miles

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