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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