9 days in Maine Itinerary

9 days in Maine Itinerary

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9 days in Maine Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h
1
Rockland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Gouldsboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Rockland

Rockland ©
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Farnsworth Art Museum and then don't miss a visit to Curtis Island Light. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Owls Head Lighthouse, examine the collection at Owls Head Transportation Museum, then view the masterpieces at Ducktrap Bay Trading Co, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Battie.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rockland online sightseeing planner .

Washington DC to Rockland is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get slightly colder in Rockland: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gouldsboro.

Things to do in Rockland

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Camden, Owls Head
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Owls Head Lighthouse ©
Owls Head Lighthouse
Mount Battie ©
Mount Battie
Owls Head Transportation Museum ©
Owls Head Transportation Museum

2
nights
Gouldsboro

Gouldsboro ©
Gouldsboro is a town and municipality in Hancock County, Maine, United States on the Schoodic Peninsula. On the 22nd (Sun), view the masterpieces at Chapter Two Art Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Schoodic Point, then view the masterpieces at Whopaints Gallery, and finally examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, and then look for gifts at Christmas Spirit Shop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gouldsboro trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rockland to Gouldsboro takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gouldsboro can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Gouldsboro

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Winter Harbor, Bar Harbor, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Seal Cove Auto Museum ©
The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Schoodic Point ©
Schoodic Point

2
nights
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park ©
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Park Loop Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Carriage Roads. Keep things going the next day: trek along Great Head Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain.

Before you visit Acadia National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Gouldsboro to Acadia National Park in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Carriage Roads ©
Carriage Roads
Park Loop Road ©
Park Loop Road

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ogunquit Beach and Perkins Cove. Get a sense of the local culture at Marginal Way Walkway and Nubble Lighthouse. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (in Bristol) and Abacus (in Ogunquit). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Portland Head Light, revel in the low prices at L.L. Bean Factory Store, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Allagash Brewery, and explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Acadia National Park to Portland by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Portland Head Light, L.L. Bean Factory Store, Nubble Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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