15 days in Maine Itinerary

15 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine travel route planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Fly to Bangor
— 1 night
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 5 nights
Boothbay Harbor
— 4 nights
— 4 nights
Drive to Portsmouth International at Pease Airport, Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Dayton



— 1 night
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Cole Land Transportation Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orono Bog Boardwalk. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Passy Rail Trail, then enjoy breathtaking views from Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, and then stroll around Bucksport Waterfront Walkway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bangor trip maker tool.

Dayton to Bangor is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dayton in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Bangor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Bangor

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 5 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Winter Harbor (Winter Harbor 5&10, Schoodic Point, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and trek along Gorham Mountain Trail.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor tour planning tool.

You can drive from Bangor to Bar Harbor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Bangor in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Bar Harbor, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 4 nights
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Boothbay Harbor side-trips: Cellardoor Winery (in Lincolnville), Mount Battie (in Camden) and Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery (in Union). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Cabbage Island, visit a coastal fixture at Burnt Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Eventide Specialties, and trek along Cliff Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Boothbay Harbor road trip planner.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Boothbay Harbor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Boothbay Harbor can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips


— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Ogunquit (Marginal Way Walkway, Perkins Cove, &more), Wells Beach (in Wells) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on The Maine Brew Bus, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Beth Condon Pathway.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder app.

Getting from Boothbay Harbor to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

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.