12 days in Maine & New Hampshire Itinerary

12 days in Maine & New Hampshire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Bangor International Airport, Drive to Seal Cove
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Seal Cove
— 1 day
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Boothbay Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
Drive
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North Conway
— 3 nights
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Seal Cove

— 1 day
Tremont is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Beech Mountain Trail and then examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seal Cove trip planner.

New York City to Seal Cove is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Seal Cove hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Seal Cove

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

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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. Step out of Bar Harbor with an excursion to Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Frenchman Bay, take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip builder app.

Bar Harbor is just a stone's throw from Seal Cove. In September, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 2 nights
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. On the 1st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Boothbay Region Land Trust, admire the natural beauty at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and then look for gifts at Five Islands Farm. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Cap'n Fish's Cruises, then enjoy the sea views from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Wilson Memorial Chapel.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Boothbay Harbor online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Boothbay Harbor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Boothbay Harbor sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portland

— 3 nights

The Forest City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Kennebunkport), Ogunquit (Marginal Way Walkway & Perkins Cove) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on The Maine Brew Bus, do a tasting at Maine Mead Works, visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light, and take in panoramic vistas at Portland Observatory.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Portland itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Boothbay Harbor to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Portland

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

North Conway

— 3 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from North Conway: West Rattlesnake Mountain (in Holderness), Franconia (Flume Gorge & New England Ski Museum) and Mt. Washington Auto Road (in Gorham). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Kancamagus Highway, admire the sheer force of Glen Ellis Falls, see the sky in a new way at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, and take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Gorge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the North Conway trip planner.

You can drive from Portland to North Conway in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in North Conway, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in North Conway

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Ski Areas
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.