8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
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Rockland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 4 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sand Beach and Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Schoodic Peninsula will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bar Harbor side-trips: Schoodic Point (in Winter Harbor) and US Bells (in Prospect Harbor). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Atlantic Brewing Company, grab your bike and head to Carriage Roads, take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail, and stroll around Village Green.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bar Harbor online trip planner.

Philadelphia to Bar Harbor is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: high temperatures in Bar Harbor hover around 75°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rockland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rockland

— 2 nights
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Owls Head Lighthouse, examine the collection at Sail Power and Steam Museum, and then cast your line with Morning In Maine Boat Tour. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Farnsworth Art Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Maine Lighthouse Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Camden Hills State Park.

Plan trip to Rockland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Rockland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Rockland sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Rockland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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 7th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Portland Observatory, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, and finally head off the coast to Casco Bay Islands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Portland road trip app.

Traveling by car from Rockland to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Portland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.