8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

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Bangor
— 1 day
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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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Portland
— 4 nights
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Bangor

— 1 day
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Cole Land Transportation Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Maine Forest and Logging Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bangor trip itinerary builder app.

Birmingham to Bangor is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in October, things will get little chillier in Bangor: highs are around 61°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Bangor

Museums

Side Trip

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 3rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, and finally go for a walk through Compass Harbor Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Carriage Roads, see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bangor to Bar Harbor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Boothbay Harbor.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor

— 1 night
Boothbay Harbor is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Boothbay Railway Village, see majestic marine mammals with Cap'n Fish's Cruises, and then view the masterpieces at Abacus Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Boothbay Harbor trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Boothbay Harbor by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Boothbay Harbor are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay Harbor

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Portland

— 4 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.
Attractions like Marginal Way Walkway and Portland Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. Relax by the water at Ogunquit Beach and Casco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Wells Beach (in Wells), Footbridge Beach (in Ogunquit) and Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Port, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Sands Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Portland online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boothbay Harbor to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.