9 days in Maine, Salem & Boston Itinerary

9 days in Maine, Salem & Boston Itinerary

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9 days in Maine, Salem & Boston Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Salem
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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night
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain and then step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island and then identify plant and animal life at Shore Path.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bar Harbor route maker site .

Boston to Bar Harbor is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Bar Harbor at 60°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cadillac Mountain
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Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schooner Eastwind as well as The Maine Brew Bus. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Marginal Way Walkway (in Ogunquit), Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (in Boothbay) and Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse (in York). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Portland Head Light, admire the masterpieces at Portland Museum of Art, look for gifts at L.L. Bean Factory Store, and don't miss a visit to Commercial Street.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Portland road trip site .

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. May in Portland sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salem.

Things to do in Portland

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Schooner Eastwind, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Nubble Lighthouse, Portland Head Light, Marginal Way Walkway
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Schooner Eastwind ©
Schooner Eastwind
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens ©
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

few
hours
Salem

Salem
Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salem online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Portland to Salem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Salem are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 8th (Tue), you're off toBoston.

Things to do in Salem

Parks Outdoors Tours

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Boston

Boston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, explore and take pictures at Fenway Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boston Common, then get to know the fascinating history of Louisburg Square, then don't miss a visit to Boston Public Library, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

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Boston is just a stone's throw from Salem. In May, daily temperatures in Boston can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts

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