17 days in Vermont, Maine & Rhode Island Itinerary

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Burlington — 1 night

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Spas as well as Vintage Photography Emporium. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then see Vintage Photography Emporium. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Church Street Marketplace and then stroll around Waterfront Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Burlington trip planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to Burlington is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May: highs in Burlington hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ogunquit.
Shopping · Spas · Parks · Fun & Games
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Ogunquit — 3 nights

Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Native Americans who inhabited the region long ago, and this remains an accurate description of this holiday destination today.
Shop till you drop at Ogunquit Museum of American Art and When Pigs Fly Company Store. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ocean Ave and Allagash Brewing Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Walker's Point (in Kennebunkport) and Victoria Mansion (in Portland). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway, view the masterpieces at Abacus, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ogunquit online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Burlington to Ogunquit by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Burlington in May, things will get a bit cooler in Ogunquit: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rockland.
Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive
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Rockland — 4 nights

Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cellardoor Winery and Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre. For shopping fun, head to Owls Head Lighthouse or Kefauver Studio & Gallery. Take a break from Rockland with a short trip to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in New Harbor, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Owls Head Transportation Museum, enjoy the sea views from Rockland Breakwater Light, get all the information you need at Project Puffin Visitor Center, and explore the galleries of Farnsworth Art Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockland travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ogunquit to Rockland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Ogunquit in May, you will find days in Rockland are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 4 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Egg Rock Light and Frenchman Bay. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Asticou Azalea Garden, stop by A Little Mad, explore the landscape on two wheels at Carriage Roads, and hike along Great Head Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rockland to Bar Harbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Bar Harbor sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Newport.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Newport — 4 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bellevue Avenue Historic District and Thames Street. Head to Bowen's Wharf and Newport Scrimshandersfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Rough Point Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, make a trip to Queen Ann Square, and take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Newport online journey planner.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Newport by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bar Harbor in May since evenings lows in Newport dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Vermont travel guide

The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

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.

Rhode Island travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Beaches
The Ocean State
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island includes over 640 km (400 mi) of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and more than 30 islands. Most of the state is part of the U.S. mainland, despite its somewhat misleading name. Though it takes only about 40 minutes to drive across this tiny state, Rhode Island includes more white sandy beaches than most visitors can hope to explore on a single trip. The state's one big city and surrounding small towns brim with places to visit, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historical neighborhoods packed with colonial-era buildings. Although the state may seem small, your holiday itinerary is sure to be chock-full.