13 days in Maine Itinerary

13 days in Maine Itinerary

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13 days in Maine Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kennebunkport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Boothbay Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Portland Head Light, learn about winemaking at Maine Mead Works, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Old Orchard Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland sightseeing app .

Minneapolis to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, Portland is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kennebunkport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Orchard Beach, Portland Head Light
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Old Orchard Beach ©
Old Orchard Beach
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Maine Mead Works ©
Maine Mead Works

3
nights
Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport ©
Kennebunkport is a town in York County, Maine, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Marginal Way Walkway and Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse. Visiting Ogunquit Beach and Ocean Ave will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kennebunkport: Ogunquit (Perkins Cove & Panache Fine Jewelry and Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: stroll through Wells Beach, stop by Scalawags Pet Boutique, get a taste of the local shopping with Mast Cove Galleries, and examine the collection at Wells Auto Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kennebunkport online day trip planner .

Getting from Portland to Kennebunkport by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kennebunkport, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Kennebunkport

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Wells, Nubble Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach
Perkins Cove ©
Perkins Cove

2
nights
Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor ©
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Abacus Gallery and then stop by Dirty Bird Pottery. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Cabbage Island and then identify plant and animal life at Boothbay Region Land Trust.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Boothbay Harbor vacation planner .

You can drive from Kennebunkport to Boothbay Harbor in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Boothbay Harbor are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Split Rock Distilling, Rockland Breakwater Light
Highlights from your plan
Boothbay Region Land Trust ©
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Light ©
Rockland Breakwater Light

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Get some cultural insight at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and St. Saviour's Church :. Get in touch with nature at Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, go for a walk through Compass Harbor Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, and admire all the interesting features of Park Loop Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Boothbay Harbor to Bar Harbor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
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The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

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