8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockland
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Portland
— 2 nights
Drive to Portland International Jetport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Otter Cliff, and finally stroll through Ocean Path. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Saviour's Church :, admire the natural beauty at Asticou Azalea Garden, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Carriage Roads, and finally stroll around Agamont Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor trip planner.

Dallas to Bar Harbor is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Bar Harbor is 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in October, expect Bar Harbor to be cooler, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rockland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rockland

— 3 nights
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Owls Head Lighthouse and Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum. Get some cultural insight at Owls Head Transportation Museum and Maine Lighthouse Museum. The adventure continues: stop by High Street Historic District, visit a coastal fixture at Rockland Breakwater Light, explore the world behind art at Farnsworth Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Curtis Island Light.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockland day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Rockland in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rockland are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Portland.

Things to do in Rockland

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

South Portland

— 2 nights
South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, then get engrossed in the history at Victoria Mansion, then contemplate the long history of Wadsworth-Longfellow House, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Portland Observatory, see the interesting displays at Maine Maritime Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Allagash Brewing Company.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Portland trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rockland to South Portland takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in South Portland are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Portland

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.