10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

10 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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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. Change things up with these side-trips from Burlington: Stowe Recreation Path (in Stowe) and Green Mountain Distillers (in Morrisville). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Burlington Bike Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Beach Park, stroll around Waterfront Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at 1st Republic Brewing Co.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Burlington attractions planner.

Washington DC to Burlington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Burlington reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping
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 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Flume Gorge, then find something for the whole family at Santa's Village, and then immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at White Mountain National Forest and then take a memorable drive along Kancamagus Highway.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lincoln trip planning tool.

Drive from Burlington to Lincoln in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Burlington in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 38°F in Lincoln. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ogunquit.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Perkins Cove, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Prescott Park, steep yourself in history at Strawbery Banke Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Tributary Brewing, and finally kick back and relax at Ogunquit Beach.

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Traveling by car from Lincoln to Ogunquit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Ogunquit can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 3 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Bar Harbor: Winter Harbor (Winter Harbor 5&10, Schoodic Point, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shore Path, and don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor tour website.

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, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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 · 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.

Maine travel guide

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.