Your Guide to Planning the Perfect U.S. East Coast Road Trip in the Fall

Nothing is quite as stunning as the United States’ East Coast in the fall. The picturesque fall foliage, rugged coast line, scenic drives – and the sweater weather, of course – make for a perfect road trip with your significant other.

We’ve written before about our love for road trips, and three years ago, we drove out to the Grand Canyon, an excursion that took us through nine states across more than 5,000 miles.

We had always wanted to drive up the East Coast, so when we got an invitation to a wedding in October in Charleston, SC, we finally had the perfect excuse to make it happen. This time, we would drive 3,700 miles across 16 states. And while we left a little too early to hit the fall foliage at its prime, we enjoyed every minute of our trip.

Our East Coast Road Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Drive from Indianapolis, IN, to Charleston, SC (12 hours)
  • Day 2 – Explore Charleston 
  • Day 3 – Wedding Day
  • Day 4 – Drive to Baltimore, MD (8.5 hours)
  • Day 5 – Explore Washington, D.C.
  • Day 6 – Drive to Salem, MA (7 hours) 
  • Day 7 – Explore Salem 
  • Day 8 – Drive to Portsmouth, NH (1 hour)
    • Explore Portsmouth
  • Day 9 – Drive to Bangor, ME, (2 hours 46 minutes)
    • Explore Bangor
  • Day 10 – Drive to Acadia National Park (1 hour)
    • Explore Acadia National Park
  • Day 11 – Drive to Lewiston, NY
  • Day 12 – See Niagara Falls then Drive Home to Indianapolis
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Add These 6 ‘Hocus Pocus’ Filming Locations to Your Salem, MA Itinerary

Planning a trip to Salem, Massachusetts, in the near future? Add a few detours to your itinerary and check out some of the filming locations of the Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus”.

Here are the Hocus Pocus filming locations we visited:

  • Salem village in the 1600s – Pioneer Village, 98 West Ave.
  • Max and Dani’s house – 4 Ocean Ave.
  • Town Hall – 32 Derby Square
  • Allison’s house – 318 Essex St.
  • Salem Common – North Washington Square
  • Cemetery scenes – Old Burial Hill, Marblehead, MA

We’ve listed the filming locations above in the order in which we recommend visiting them (based on their proximity to one another).

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We stopped in Salem on our 3,700-mile East Coast road trip in October 2021 and arrived just in time for Haunted Happenings – the city’s annual Halloween festivities.

The leaves hadn’t turned yet when we arrived on Oct. 5, so I recommend pushing your visit back a week or two if you want to see the fall foliage.

A word of caution: If you’re visiting Salem in October, book everything well in advance, because the city gets busy (and expensive) during peak tourist season. If you’re curious where we stayed, we booked the perfect Airbnb, which was only about a 15-minute walk to downtown.

The whole city is quite walkable, so as long as you book convenient accommodations, you’ll be in good shape to get around.


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