14 days in Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire Itinerary

14 days in Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire Itinerary

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 4 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Get in touch with nature at Bar Island Trails and Carriage Roads. Get a sense of the local culture at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and St. Saviour's Church :. Step out of Bar Harbor with an excursion to Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Schoodic Peninsula, trek along Bubble Rock, and tee off at Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Bar Harbor online journey planner.

Moline to Bar Harbor is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Moline to Bar Harbor, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Bar Harbor is a bit cooler than Moline - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Stowe.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Stowe — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tea at the Governor's House. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hope Cemetery, then look for gifts at Cabot Farmers' Store, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Stowe day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bar Harbor to Stowe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bar Harbor in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Stowe, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Portsmouth — 1 night

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Nubble Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Short Sands Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by When Pigs Fly Company Store and then stroll through Long Sands Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Portsmouth trip maker tool.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ogunquit.
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, then take a memorable drive along Ocean Ave, and then stroll through Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. On the next day, kick back and relax at Footbridge Beach, admire the masterpieces at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ogunquit trip itinerary planner.

Ogunquit is very close to Portsmouth. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Portland.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Portland — 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Portland Observatory. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and Maine Maritime Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Cabbage Island in Boothbay Harbor (about 1h 5 min away). There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Casco Bay Islands and do a tasting at Maine Mead Works.

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You can drive from Ogunquit to Portland in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Portland sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Maine travel guide

Beaches · Lighthouses · Gift & Specialty Shops
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

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

Theme Parks · Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations
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.