15 days in Maine Itinerary

15 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine travel planner

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Portland
— 3 nights
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Bethel
— 2 nights
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Rangeley
— 1 night
Drive
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Camden
— 3 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
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Bangor
— 2 nights
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Portland

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Ogunquit (Ogunquit Beach, Marginal Way Walkway, &more) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, look for gifts at Lisa-Marie's Made in Maine, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maine Craft Distilling.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland online trip planner.

Tampa to Portland is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in October, things will get much colder in Portland: highs are around 62°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bethel.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bethel

— 2 nights
Bethel is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Grafton Notch State Park, then admire the sheer force of Screw Auger Falls, and then hit the slopes at Sunday River Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at High View Farm and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mountain Division Trail.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bethel trip planner.

You can drive from Portland to Bethel in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Portland in October since evenings lows in Bethel dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rangeley.

Things to do in Bethel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Rangeley

— 1 night
Rangeley is a town in Franklin County, Maine, USA. The population was 1,168 at the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): cruise along Height of Land and then hit the slopes at Saddleback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rangeley online vacation builder.

You can drive from Bethel to Rangeley in 1.5 hours. October in Rangeley sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Camden.

Things to do in Rangeley

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

Camden

— 3 nights
Take a break from Camden with a short trip to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, about 1h 5 min away.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Camden trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rangeley to Camden takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rangeley in October since evenings lows in Camden dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Camden

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 3 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bar Harbor: Catherine Hill Winery (in Cherryfield) and Schoodic Point (in Winter Harbor). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ocean Path, explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, stroll through Great Head Trail, and examine the collection at Maine Granite Industry Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Camden to Bar Harbor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bangor.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bangor

— 2 nights
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): trek along Bangor City Forest and then stroll the grounds of Mount Hope Garden Cemetery. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, admire the striking features of Stephen King's House, and then appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan Statue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bangor online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Bangor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bangor are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bangor

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.

Mid Coast Maine travel guide

4.7
Lighthouses · Scenic Walking Areas · Dolphin & Whale Watching

DownEast and Acadia Maine travel guide

4.4
Hiking Trails · Mountains · Geologic Formations