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A Perfect Road Trip Up The Coast of Maine

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect summer road trip than meandering up the coast of Maine. The coast contains hundreds of tiny inlets and harbors surrounded by dark green forests and craggy rocks. Beaches are framed with frequent lighthouses and the ocean is dotted with small fishing boats. These images combine to create one of the most picturesque settings in the nation. If you choose to explore this shoreline you’ll find a variety of adventures both outdoorsy and culinary.

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City of Portland

Portland is an attractive and compact city that is perfect for strolling. Walk along the Eastern Promenade for beautiful ocean views. Portland is a city for foodies, and its hard to go wrong. But we suggest checking out Fore Street for dinner– this farm to table restaurant features fresh seafood and a rotating menu. For great oysters, try the Eventide Oyster Company. Spend the night in Portland, and grab yourself the famous breakfast donuts from The Holy Donut made from fresh Maine mashed potatoes. Try crazy flavors like maple bacon, bacon cheddar, dark chocolate sea salt, or coffee brandy.

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Portland Head Light

During your time in Portland, drive out to see the Portland Head Light. This is an iconic lighthouse that protects Portland’s harbor. The bright white building stands out against the blue sea and sky– you can’t miss it!

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Antiquing

As you drive up the coast you’ll find TONS of antique stores. Even if you aren’t looking to decorate your home, it’s well worth stopping at a few shops just to explore the odds and ends. You really will see a different antique store every mile, it seems!

Town of Rockport

Rockport boasts a charming harbor and surrounding park perfect for taking pictures. Grab lunch at the waterfront at Archer’s on the Pier.

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Nubble Lighthouse

Time to see another lighthouse! You are in Maine, after all. Drive to the Soheir Park to get a view of this classic nautical structure. The lighthouse itself is set on a small island just off the coast with lovely rugged rocks surrounding it. This spot makes for a great photo opp.

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Acadia National Park

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Prepare to spend a lot of time hiking in this stunning national park. The Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is a 7 mile hike from sea level to the top of the mountain. You’ll gain elevation fast and emerge from evergreen forests to rocky cliff faces and earn an excellent view of the park and the inlet below. Ship Harbor Trail is just 1.8 miles and will take you to some bird watching locales as well as lovely tide pools. If you are feeling adventurous you can try the Beehive Loop Trail, which requires holding onto rungs in the mountainside and scrambling up boulders. Beech Mountain Fire Tower is another alternative if you want epic views.

 

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If you want to see Acadia from the water we highly recommend a kayak tour. National Park Sea Kayak Tours is a great option.

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Town of Bar Harbor

Brunch is BIG in Bar Harbor. Try brunch at Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast or Cafe This Way. But get there early– there is always a line! And since you are in Maine, you’ll want an excellent lobster dinner. The Reading Room has creative lobster entrees and a view of the harbor. For a more low-key vibe, get your lobster at Thurston’s, which is located in a tent. You’ll pick your lobster and it will be cooked fresh for you!

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We hope this guide sets you up for a fantastic Maine road trip full of lobster rolls and photography opportunities! Let us know in the comments what hidden gems you discover as you make your way up the Maine seashore!

 

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