13 days in Maine Itinerary

13 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Portland International Jetport, Drive to Scarborough
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Scarborough
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Boothbay Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camden
— 2 nights
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Scarborough

— 2 nights
Scarborough is a town in Cumberland County on the southern coast of the U.S. Scarborough is known for shopping, beaches, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at Len Libby Chocolates, bet on your favorite at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, kick back and relax at Ferry Beach, and walk around Memorial Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Scarborough day trip site.

Columbus to Scarborough is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus in December, expect Scarborough to be a bit cooler, temps between 37°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Scarborough

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Portland

— 4 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 Portland's surroundings by going to North Conway (Cathedral Ledge, Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art, sample the tasty concoctions at Shipyard Brewing Company, revel in the low prices at L.L. Bean Factory Store, and learn about winemaking at Maine Mead Works.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland online trip itinerary builder.

Portland is just a short distance from Scarborough. In December, daytime highs in Portland are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 2 nights
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. On the 10th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Boothbay Railway Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and then view the masterpieces at Abacus Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Boothbay Region Land Trust, then look for gifts at Dirty Bird Pottery, then head off the coast to Cabbage Island, and finally listen to music at Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Boothbay Harbor tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Boothbay Harbor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Boothbay Harbor can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Christmas Spirit Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Little Village Gifts. Keep things going the next day: trek along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, then go for a walk through Compass Harbor Trail, then explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, and finally make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bar Harbor trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Boothbay Harbor to Bar Harbor in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Bar Harbor, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 21°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Camden.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Camden

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Curtis Island Light, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Battie, then immerse yourself in nature at Camden Hills State Park, then browse the collection at Camden Public Library, and finally stop by French & Brawn Market Place. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Northport Landing Gallery & Espresso Bar, see the interesting displays at Belfast Historical Society & Museum, then walk around Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, and finally see the interesting displays at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Camden tour app.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Camden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Camden

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

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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.