10 days in Maine & Washington DC Itinerary

10 days in Maine & Washington DC Itinerary

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10 days in Maine & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rockland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lubec
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wichita

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
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.
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Portland Head Light, admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, and finally take a stroll through Old Port.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland road trip planning website .

Wichita to Portland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wichita to Portland. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wichita in May; daily highs in Portland reach 64°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Rockland.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portland Head Light
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Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Portland Museum of Art ©
Portland Museum of Art
Victoria Mansion ©
Victoria Mansion

2
nights
Rockland

Rockland ©
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the galleries of Farnsworth Art Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Maine Lighthouse Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of General Henry Knox Museum / Montpelier. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Owls Head Transportation Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Rockland Breakwater Light, then identify plant and animal life at Beech Hill Reserve, and finally don't miss a visit to Curtis Island Light.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Rockland day trip app .

Traveling by car from Portland to Rockland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Portland in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rockland: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Rockland

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Curtis Island Light, Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, General Henry Knox Museum / Montpelier, Beech Hill Reserve, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Farnsworth Art Museum ©
Farnsworth Art Museum
Owls Head Transportation Museum ©
Owls Head Transportation Museum
Maine Lighthouse Museum ©
Maine Lighthouse Museum

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Ship Harbor Nature Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shore Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail, step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, then examine the collection at Wendell Gilley Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rockland to Bar Harbor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lubec.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bass Harbor, The Seal Cove Auto Museum, Wendell Gilley Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse ©
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

1
night
Lubec

Lubec ©
Lubec is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land, visit a coastal fixture at West Quoddy Head Light, then appreciate the history behind Lost Fishermen's Memorial, then get a taste of the local shopping with Northern Tides Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at McCurdy Smokehouse Museum.

Before you visit Lubec, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Lubec in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Lubec

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land
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West Quoddy Head Light ©
West Quoddy Head Light
McCurdy Smokehouse Museum ©
McCurdy Smokehouse Museum
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land ©
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, examine the collection at Newseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Lubec to Washington DC with the Route module. In May, Washington DC is a bit warmer than Lubec - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

U.S. Naval Academy, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

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