14 days in Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire Itinerary

14 days in Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
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Stowe
— 3 nights
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Portsmouth
— 1 night
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Ogunquit
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 4 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and St. Saviour's Church :. Explore hidden gems such as Carriage Roads and Bar Island Trails. Go for a jaunt from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor to see Schoodic Point about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bubble Rock, tee off at Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf, and explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Peninsula.

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Moline to Bar Harbor is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Moline to Bar Harbor is 1 hour. When traveling from Moline in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bar Harbor: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Stowe.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Stowe

— 3 nights

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Tea at the Governor's House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hope Cemetery, stop by Cabot Farmers' Store, and then glide through natural beauty at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center.

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You can fly from Bar Harbor to Stowe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Stowe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Short Sands Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at When Pigs Fly Company Store and then kick back and relax at Long Sands Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth attractions planner.

You can drive from Stowe to Portsmouth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Stowe in September since evenings lows in Portsmouth dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ogunquit.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ogunquit

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, then take a memorable drive along Ocean Ave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Footbridge Beach, admire the masterpieces at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and then get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ogunquit visit planning website.

Ogunquit is just a short distance from Portsmouth. Traveling from Portsmouth in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Ogunquit. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 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.
Visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Maine Maritime Museum and Cabbage Island. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Portland Observatory, do a tasting at Maine Mead Works, and head off the coast to Casco Bay Islands.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Ogunquit to Portland in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Theme Parks · 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.