24 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

24 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

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24 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Camden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Boothbay Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Portland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
North Conway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Stowe
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Hampton
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Durham

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Atlantic Brewing Company, stop by The Christmas Vacation Shop, and identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bar Harbor attractions planner .

Durham to Bar Harbor is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham in August, things will get a bit cooler in Bar Harbor: highs are around 75°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Camden.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Acadia National Park
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Mount Desert Island ©
Mount Desert Island
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Acadia National Park ©
Acadia National Park

2
nights
Camden

Camden ©
Camden is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. On the 10th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Beech Hill Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Cellardoor Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pitcher Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at High Street Historic District, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Battie, and then immerse yourself in nature at Camden Hills State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Camden driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Camden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Camden sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Camden

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cellardoor Winery, Beech Hill Reserve
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Mount Battie ©
Mount Battie
Camden Hills State Park ©
Camden Hills State Park
Cellardoor Winery ©
Cellardoor Winery

3
nights
Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor ©
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Get some historical perspective at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. Take a break from the city and head to Boothbay Region Land Trust and Swan Island Wildlife Management Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boothbay Harbor: Rockland Breakwater Light (in Rockland) and Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island (in Bremen). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boothbay Harbor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Camden to Boothbay Harbor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Boothbay Harbor, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island, Swan Island Wildlife Management Area, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
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Boothbay Region Land Trust ©
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Todd Audubon Sanctuary at Hog Island ©

4
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Visiting Popham Beach State Park and Old Orchard Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Beth Condon Pathway (in Yarmouth) and Wells (Wells Beach & Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Allagash Brewery, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Spring Point Shoreway, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Portland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Boothbay Harbor to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to North Conway.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wells, Spring Point Shoreway, Portland Head Light, Popham Beach State Park, Old Orchard Beach
Highlights from your plan
Popham Beach State Park ©
Popham Beach State Park
Old Orchard Beach ©
Old Orchard Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
North Conway

North Conway ©
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Flume Gorge and Russell-Colbath Homestead. Visiting Kancamagus Highway and Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from North Conway to Franconia to see Franconia Notch State Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Diana's Baths, stop by Naked Bohemian, trek along Rocky Gorge, and take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the North Conway online day trip planner .

You can drive from Portland to North Conway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Stowe.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franconia, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, White Mountain National Forest, Rocky Gorge, Russell-Colbath Homestead
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Kancamagus Highway ©
Kancamagus Highway
Flume Gorge ©
Flume Gorge
White Mountain National Forest ©
White Mountain National Forest

4
nights
Stowe

Stowe ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stowe Recreation Path and Burlington Bike Path. Change things up with these side-trips from Stowe: White's Beach (in South Hero), D.A.R. State Park (in Addison) and Eshqua Bog Natural Area (in Hartland). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mansfield State Forest, identify plant and animal life at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, and sample the fine beverages at Green Mountain Distillers.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Stowe route builder site .

Traveling by car from North Conway to Stowe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hampton.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

White's Beach, Montshire Museum of Science, Alburg Dunes State Park, Green Mountain Distillers, Craft Beer Cellar
Highlights from your plan
Stowe Recreation Path ©
Stowe Recreation Path
Burlington Bike Path ©
Burlington Bike Path
Mount Mansfield State Forest ©
Mount Mansfield State Forest

3
nights
Hampton

Hampton ©
Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. Get some historical perspective at Marginal Way Walkway and Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse. Take a break from the city and head to Perkins Cove and Long Sands Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hampton side-trips: Ogunquit Beach (in Ogunquit) and Short Sands Beach (in York Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hampton Beach State Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and meet the residents at Blue Ocean Discovery Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hampton trip planner .

Getting from Stowe to Hampton by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hampton

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ogunquit, York Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Perkins Cove ©
Perkins Cove
Ogunquit Beach ©
Ogunquit Beach

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