10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Burlington side-trips: Stowe Recreation Path (in Stowe) and Green Mountain Distillers (in Morrisville). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Church Street Marketplace, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 1st Republic Brewing Co, see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum, and stroll through Burlington Bike Path.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Burlington trip planner.

Washington DC to Burlington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Burlington reach 62°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trips

Lincoln — 2 nights

Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Flume Gorge, get in on the family fun at Santa's Village, and then admire the majestic nature at Franconia Notch State Park. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest and then take a memorable drive along Kancamagus Highway.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lincoln road trip planning site.

You can drive from Burlington to Lincoln in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Burlington in October since evenings lows in Lincoln dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ogunquit.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.
On the 8th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Perkins Cove, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Prescott Park, get engrossed in the history at Strawbery Banke Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Tributary Brewing, and finally stroll through Ogunquit Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Ogunquit trip planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Ogunquit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Ogunquit can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bar Harbor.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

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). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ogunquit to Bar Harbor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October in Bar Harbor, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Vermont travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
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.

New Hampshire travel guide

Waterfalls · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive
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.

Maine travel guide

Beaches · Lighthouses · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.