26 days in Maine Itinerary

26 days in Maine Itinerary

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Bangor
— 3 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 6 nights
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Seal Cove
— 1 night
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Camden
— 4 nights
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Boothbay Harbor
— 4 nights
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Portland
— 7 nights
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Bangor

— 3 nights
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. Let the collections at Cole Land Transportation Museum and Colby College Museum of Art capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangor: Bucksport Historical Society (in Bucksport), Bryant's Stove and Music Museum (in Thorndike) and Wild Mountain Man Ray's Chainsaw Show (in Hancock). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Hope Garden Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at the rock & art shop, admire the landmark architecture of Stephen King's House, and trek along Kenduskeag Stream Heritage Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangor attractions planning site.

New York City to Bangor is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Bangor at 61°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Bangor

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 6 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Abbe Museum and Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens. Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Ocean Path. Explore Bar Harbor's surroundings by going to Winter Harbor (Schoodic Point & Whopaints Gallery). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, admire all the interesting features of Park Loop Road, trek along Precipice Trail, and stroll through Great Head Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip site.

Drive from Bangor to Bar Harbor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seal Cove.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Seal Cove

— 1 night
Tremont is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 11th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Somes Sound, then trek along Beech Mountain Trail, and then examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Seal Cove online trip planner.

Seal Cove is very close to Bar Harbor. In October, daily temperatures in Seal Cove can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Camden.

Things to do in Seal Cove

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Camden

— 4 nights
Visit Owls Head Lighthouse and Maine Lighthouse Museum for their historical value. Let the collections at Owls Head Transportation Museum and Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Olson House (in Cushing), Penobscot Marine Museum (in Searsport) and Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery (in Port Clyde).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Camden online itinerary builder.

Getting from Seal Cove to Camden by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Camden are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Camden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 4 nights
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cap'n Fish's Cruises and Kennebec River Rail Trail. Maine Maritime Museum and Norlands Living History Center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Boothbay Harbor's surroundings by going to Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum (in Alna), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (in Bristol) and Maine Heritage Village (in Wiscasset). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Maine State Museum, view the masterpieces at Round Pond Art Gallery and Shoppe, take an in-depth tour of Boothbay Railway Village, and shop like a local with Georgetown Pottery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Boothbay Harbor itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Camden to Boothbay Harbor in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Boothbay Harbor can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Portland

— 7 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.
Get outdoors at Perkins Cove and Fishing Charters & Tours. Popular historic sites such as Marginal Way Walkway and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum are in your itinerary. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Brunswick (First Parish Church, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, &more), Ogunquit (Ogunquit Museum of American Art & Abacus) and York (Nubble Lighthouse & Elizabeth Perkins House). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light, take an in-depth tour of Tate House Museum, view the masterpieces at Richard Boyd Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Fort Preble.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planning app.

You can drive from Boothbay Harbor to Portland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

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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.