8 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

8 days in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Stowe
— 1 day
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Portsmouth
— 1 night
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Ogunquit
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
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Stowe

— 1 day

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stowe Recreation Path.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Stowe trip planner.

New York City to Stowe is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Stowe reach 60°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Long Sands Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Stowe to Portsmouth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. October in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ogunquit.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Ogunquit

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Perkins Cove, get your bearings at Ogunquit Memorial Library, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wells Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Marginal Way Walkway, look for gifts at Spoiled Rotten, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ogunquit Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ogunquit itinerary planning app.

Ogunquit is just a stone's throw from Portsmouth. Traveling from Portsmouth in October, Ogunquit is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Portland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Portland Head Light, catch a live event at Hadlock Field, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Old Orchard Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Portland travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ogunquit to Portland takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Portland, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Visiting Cadillac Mountain and Shore Path will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, look for gifts at The Christmas Vacation Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Saviour's Church :, and stroll through Ocean Path.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bar Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
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.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
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.