11 days in Maine Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Maine trip planner
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Fly to Boston, Bus to Portland
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 5 nights


Portland — 3 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.
Marginal Way Walkway and The Wadsworth-Longfellow House will appeal to history buffs. Visit Footbridge Beach and Casco Bay for some beach relaxation. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Maine Wildlife Park (in Gray), Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park (in Freeport) and Bailey Island (Land's End Gift Shop & Giant's Stairs Trail). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light.

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

San Diego to Portland is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to Portland. Traveling from San Diego in September, things will get slightly colder in Portland: highs are around 73°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Camden.
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Camden — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Owls Head Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Owl's Head State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Battie, enjoy the sea views from Maine Lighthouse Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Megunticook Lake, and finally make a trip to Curtis Island Light.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Camden road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Portland to Camden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 5 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Echo Lake Beach and Little Hunters Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Bubble Rock and Precipice Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Bar Harbor side-trips: Wonderland Trail (in Southwest Harbor) and Ship Harbor Nature Trail (in Bass Harbor). There's much more to do: trek along Bar Island Trails, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Otter Cliff, and take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor travel planner.

Traveling by car from Camden to Bar Harbor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Maine travel guide

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.