10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

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Burlington
— 2 nights
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Ogunquit
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
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Burlington — 2 nights

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. Explore Burlington's surroundings by going to Green Mountain Distillers (in Morrisville) and Stowe Recreation Path (in Stowe). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Church Street Marketplace, walk around Waterfront Park, hike along Burlington Bike Path, and enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Burlington trip tool.

Washington DC to Burlington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Burlington hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 2 nights

Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Flume Gorge, then get in on the family fun at Santa's Village, and then immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at White Mountain National Forest and then cruise along Kancamagus Highway.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Burlington to Lincoln takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Burlington in October, plan for little chillier nights in Lincoln, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ogunquit.
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Ogunquit — 2 nights

Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Native Americans who inhabited the region long ago, and this remains an accurate description of this holiday destination today.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Perkins Cove, and then get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Prescott Park, then contemplate the long history of Strawbery Banke Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Tributary Brewing, and finally stroll through Ogunquit Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ogunquit route builder app.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Ogunquit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Ogunquit, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 3 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bar Harbor: Winter Harbor (Winter Harbor 5&10, Schoodic Point, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Saviour's Church :, make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and admire the natural beauty at Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor trip tool.

You can drive from Ogunquit to Bar Harbor in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. October in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Historic Sites
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.
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New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Geologic Formations · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.
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Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.
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