8 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Boston Itinerary

8 days in Maine, New Hampshire & Boston Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Portland
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Boston
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway. Keep things going the next day: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Portland driving holiday planner.

Durham to Portland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In November, Portland is little chillier than Durham - with highs of 49°F and lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lincoln.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 2 nights
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
On the 4th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, do a tasting at Seven Birches Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Hermit Woods Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Bretton Woods Canopy Tour and then explore the striking landscape at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lincoln trip planning app.

Getting from Portland to Lincoln by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Lincoln

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Boston

— 4 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Boston is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, get engrossed in the history at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and visit North End.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Boston trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lincoln in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Boston: highs are around 52°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Tours · Childrens Museums

Maine travel guide

4.6
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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Theme Parks · Ski Areas
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.