8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

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8 days in Maine Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Clyde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Nubble Lighthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mount Agamenticus.

Make your Portland itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Detroit to Portland is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Detroit in October, Portland is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

South Portland, York, Portland Head Light, Memorial Park, Marginal Way Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Wadsworth-Longfellow House ©
Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse ©
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway

3
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Popular historic sites such as St. Saviour's Church : and Egg Rock Light are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Ship Harbor Nature Trail and Precipice Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Bar Harbor side-trips: Bangor (Stephen King's House & Mount Hope Garden Cemetery). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Frenchman Bay, walk around Village Green, take in the dramatic natural features at Otter Cliff, and take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Clyde.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Bangor, Ship Harbor Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
St. Saviour's Church : ©
St. Saviour's Church :
Ship Harbor Nature Trail ©
Ship Harbor Nature Trail
Mount Hope Garden Cemetery ©
Mount Hope Garden Cemetery

2
nights
Port Clyde

Port Clyde ©
Port Clyde is the southernmost settlement on the St. On the 9th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, then take a stroll through High Street Historic District, and then enjoy the sea views from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Maine Lighthouse Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Owls Head Lighthouse, and then examine the collection at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Clyde trip planner .

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Port Clyde in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Port Clyde can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Clyde

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Owls Head, High Street Historic District, Maine Lighthouse Museum, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum ©
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum
Maine Lighthouse Museum ©
Maine Lighthouse Museum
Owls Head Lighthouse ©
Owls Head Lighthouse

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