12 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

12 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Ogunquit
— 1 night
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Portsmouth
— 2 nights
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Burlington
— 2 nights
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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. Get outdoors at Maine State Sea Kayak and Precipice Trail. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road, hike along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip builder app.

New York City to Bar Harbor is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get little chillier in Bar Harbor: highs are around 75°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Portland Head Light and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Popham Beach State Park and Old Orchard Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Reid State Park (in Georgetown), Boothbay Region Land Trust (in Boothbay Harbor) and Doubling Point Lighthouse (in Arrowsic). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Pine Point Beach, identify plant and animal life at Spring Point Shoreway, and contemplate the long history of The Wilson Memorial Chapel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Portland vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Portland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ogunquit.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ogunquit

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Ogunquit Beach, then kick back and relax at Wells Beach, and finally get outside with Fisherman's Walk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ogunquit trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Portland to Ogunquit in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ogunquit when traveling from Portland in August, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portsmouth

— 2 nights
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Point of Graves, admire the majestic nature at North Hampton State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hampton Beach State Park, and finally kick back and relax at North Beach. On the next day, stroll through Jenness State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wallis Sands State Beach, then contemplate the long history of Wentworth-Gardner House, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Portsmouth route planning tool.

Portsmouth is very close to Ogunquit. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ogunquit in August since evenings lows in Portsmouth dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Burlington.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Burlington

— 2 nights
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. On the 25th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, hike along Stowe Recreation Path, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Shelburne Bay Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): trek along Burlington Bike Path, then kick back and relax at North Beach Park, then kick back and relax at D.A.R. State Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at 1st Republic Brewing Co.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Burlington attractions site.

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Burlington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Burlington

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
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.