5 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

5 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Stowe
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive
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North Conway
— 1 night
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Portland
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the activities along Mad River.

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Washington DC to Stowe is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect Stowe to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 1 night
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Franconia Notch, stroll through Artist Bluff Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Echo Lake Beach, then admire the sheer force of Georgiana Falls, then look for gifts at Fadden's General Store, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lincoln trip planner.

You can drive from Stowe to Lincoln in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lincoln are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to North Conway.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at North Conway 5 and 10, play a few rounds at North Conway Country Club, learn something new at International Mountain Climbing School, then take in the dramatic natural features at White Horse Ledge, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Echo Lake State Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read North Conway trip builder site.

You can drive from Lincoln to North Conway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lincoln in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in North Conway, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in North Conway

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get outside with Red Claws Basketball, get some jogging in at Greenbelt Walkway, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Spring Point Shoreway, then visit Diamond Cove, and finally steep yourself in history at Friends of Fort Gorges.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Portland online itinerary maker.

Getting from North Conway to Portland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Portland are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
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

4.6
Waterfalls · Theme Parks · Ski Areas
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

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.