7 days in Maine Itinerary

7 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine route maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockland
— 1 night
Drive
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Bangor International Airport, Drive to Carrabassett Valley
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Carrabassett Valley
— 1 night
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Drive to Bangor International Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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Portland

— 2 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Walker's Point and Allagash Brewing Company. Go for a jaunt from Portland to Kennebunkport to see St. Ann's Episcopal Church about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, sample the tasty concoctions at Shipyard Brewing Company, cruise along Coastal Highway U.S. 1, and enjoy breathtaking views from Portland Observatory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Portland road trip planning website.

Washington DC to Portland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Portland reach 37°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Rockland.

Things to do in Portland

Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockland

— 1 night
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Owls Head Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Owls Head Transportation Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Camden Hills State Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockland route planning app.

Drive from Portland to Rockland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Rockland sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Rockland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorham Mountain Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, then hike along Ocean Path, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bar Harbor journey builder site.

You can drive from Rockland to Bar Harbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carrabassett Valley.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Carrabassett Valley

— 1 night
Carrabassett Valley is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. On the 12th (Sat), tee off at Sugarloaf Golf Club and then stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carrabassett Valley holiday planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bar Harbor to Carrabassett Valley. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bar Harbor in December, with highs in Carrabassett Valley at 26°F and lows at 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carrabassett Valley

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Winter Sports

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.