8 days in Maine Itinerary

8 days in Maine Itinerary

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8 days in Maine Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  5 h
1
Boothbay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Boothbay

Boothbay ©
Boothbay is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. Explore Boothbay's surroundings by going to Farnsworth Art Museum (in Rockland), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (in Bristol) and Mount Battie (in Camden). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Wilson Memorial Chapel, head off the coast to Cabbage Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boothbay Region Land Trust.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Boothbay day trip app .

Washington DC to Boothbay is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Boothbay reach 64°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boothbay

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boothbay Harbor, Farnsworth Art Museum, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Mount Battie
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens ©
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Mount Battie ©
Mount Battie
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ©
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Ogunquit (Marginal Way Walkway, Ogunquit Beach, & more). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Portland Head Light, wander the streets of Old Port, explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art, and sample the tasty concoctions at Allagash Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Portland route planner .

You can drive from Boothbay to Portland in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ogunquit, Nubble Lighthouse, Old Orchard Beach, Portland Head Light
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Allagash Brewing Company ©
Allagash Brewing Company
Portland Museum of Art ©
Portland Museum of Art

2
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 29th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, cruise along Park Loop Road, then take an in-depth tour of Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Asticou Azalea Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and then don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bar Harbor sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Portland to Bar Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Asticou Azalea Garden, Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens
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Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Land Bridge to Bar Island
Land Bridge to Bar Island

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