8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

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Fly to Rockland, Drive to Bar Harbor
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boothbay Harbor
— 1 night
Drive
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Rangeley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kennebunkport
— 2 nights
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Bus to Wells Amtrak Station, Train to Boston North Station, Fly to Houston

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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, then take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, then take an in-depth tour of Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Park Loop Road, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bar Harbor trip planning site.

Houston to Bar Harbor is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get much colder in Bar Harbor: highs are around 36°F and lows about 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

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Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. On the 29th (Tue), listen to music at Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, admire the natural beauty at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Abacus Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Eventide Specialties.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boothbay Harbor driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Bar Harbor to Boothbay Harbor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Boothbay Harbor are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rangeley.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Parks · Shopping · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Rangeley

Rangeley is a town in Franklin County, Maine, USA. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum, then hit the slopes at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then take an in-depth tour of Stanley Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Maine Forestry Museum, then hit the slopes at Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddleback Maine.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rangeley online day trip planner.

Drive from Boothbay Harbor to Rangeley in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Boothbay Harbor in December, Rangeley is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kennebunkport.

Things to do in Rangeley

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is a town in York County, Maine, United States. On the 1st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, then enjoy the sea views from Nubble Lighthouse, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Harris Farm Cross Country Skiing. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, then cruise along Walker's Point, and then shop like a local with Compliments.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kennebunkport trip planner.

You can drive from Rangeley to Kennebunkport in 3 hours. In December in Kennebunkport, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kennebunkport

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

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.