28 days in Maine Itinerary

28 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine tour planner

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Portland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Boothbay Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Camden
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Bangor International Airport, Drive to Rangeley
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Rangeley
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bethel
— 4 nights
Drive to Portland International Jetport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport

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Portland

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Ogunquit (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Perkins Cove, &more), Just Us Chickens Gallery (in Kittery) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Old Orchard Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Foundation Brewing Company, and ski along the peaceful trails at Harris Farm Cross Country Skiing.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Portland route planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Portland is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Portland hover around 3°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 3 nights
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Explore Boothbay Harbor's surroundings by going to Maine Maritime Museum (in Bath), rendall Fine Art (in Wiscasset) and Bristol (The Swimming Hole At Bristol Dam & Pemaquid Point Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, view the masterpieces at Abacus Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Boothbay Region Land Trust, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Wilson Memorial Chapel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Boothbay Harbor sightseeing website.

You can drive from Portland to Boothbay Harbor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Boothbay Harbor can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Camden.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Camden

— 5 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Camden: Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory (in Prospect), Duck Harbor Mountain (in Isle Au Haut) and Waterville (Quarry Road Trails & Colby College Museum of Art).

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Camden road trip site.

You can drive from Boothbay Harbor to Camden in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Camden

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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 Catherine Hill Winery (in Cherryfield) and Winter Harbor (Schoodic Point & Whopaints Gallery). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, see the interesting displays at Maine Granite Industry Museum, take an in-depth tour of Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, and explore the striking landscape at Thunder Hole.

Plan my trip to Bar Harbor with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Camden to Bar Harbor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Rangeley.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Rangeley

— 4 nights
Rangeley is a town in Franklin County, Maine, USA. The population was 1,168 at the 2010 census. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rangeley: Bigelow Preserve (in Stratton), Stanley Museum (in Kingfield) and Sugarloaf Mountain (in Carrabassett Valley). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Saddleback, take in the awesome beauty at Tumbledown Mountain, see the interesting displays at Maine Forestry Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Height of Land.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rangeley trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bar Harbor to Rangeley. Expect little chillier evenings in Rangeley when traveling from Bar Harbor in December, with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Bethel.

Things to do in Rangeley

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Bethel

— 4 nights
Bethel is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Streaked Mountain (in South Paris), Bridgton (Highland Lake Beach & Shawnee Peak) and Black Mountain of Maine (in Rumford). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunday River Ski Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Goose Eye Mountain, examine the collection at Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, and admire the sheer force of Snow Falls.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bethel trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Rangeley to Bethel in 1.5 hours. January in Bethel sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bethel

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.