5 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

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Stowe — 1 night

The Ski Capital of the East

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.
On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Mad River.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Stowe day trip planning site.

Washington DC to Stowe is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, Stowe is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Lincoln — 1 night

Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Franconia Notch, hike along Artist Bluff Trail, stroll through Echo Lake Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Georgiana Falls, then look for gifts at Fadden's General Store, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Cascade Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln online day trip planner.

You can drive from Stowe to Lincoln in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In September in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to North Conway.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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North Conway — 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Thu), look for gifts at North Conway 5 and 10, tee off at North Conway Country Club, then learn something new at International Mountain Climbing School, then take in the dramatic natural features at White Horse Ledge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Echo Lake State Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the North Conway online trip maker.

Getting from Lincoln to North Conway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in North Conway when traveling from Lincoln in September, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Portland.
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours
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Portland — 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Fri), head outdoors with Red Claws Basketball, explore the landscape on two wheels at Greenbelt Walkway, grab your bike and head to Spring Point Shoreway, then wander the streets of Diamond Cove, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Gorges.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from North Conway to Portland in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods
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Vermont travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Historic Sites
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

New Hampshire travel guide

Geologic Formations · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

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.