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
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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. Get some cultural insight at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and St. Saviour's Church :. Escape the urban bustle at Carriage Roads and Bubble Rock. Go for a jaunt from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor to see Schoodic Point about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Peninsula, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf, and hike along Bar Island Trails.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor sightseeing planner.

Moline to Bar Harbor is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Moline, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bar Harbor, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Stowe.
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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.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Tea at the Governor's House. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Hope Cemetery, then stop by Cabot Farmers' Store, and then glide through natural beauty at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Stowe trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bar Harbor to Stowe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Stowe are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.
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Portsmouth — 1 night

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse and then stroll through 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 reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Portsmouth trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Stowe to Portsmouth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In October in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ogunquit.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, then admire all the interesting features of Ocean Ave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Footbridge Beach, then explore the world behind art at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ogunquit attractions planner.

Ogunquit is very close to Portsmouth. Traveling from Portsmouth in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ogunquit, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Portland.
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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.
Visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Maine Maritime Museum and Portland Observatory. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Cabbage Island in Boothbay Harbor--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Casco Bay Islands and do a tasting at Maine Mead Works.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Ogunquit to Portland in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Maine travel guide

4.6
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.
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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.
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New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
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.
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