Amazing Acadia

Penobscot Bay, Acadia National Park, and Pemaquid Point

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Acadia National Park: New England's only national park protects high, rocky headlands along the Atlantic coast and offers a breathtaking landscape of pink granite mountains, dense forests, and wild beaches.
  • Scenic Highway 1: It's not a drive, it's a journey through the heart and soul of Maine, with historic lighthouses, coastal villages, lobster shacks, chowder houses, antique shops, and galleries.
  • By land and by sea: See Maine by land from hiking trails and carriage roads, and by sea from the seat of a kayak and deck of a ferry.
  • Charming accommodations: Your intimate lodgings are in harmonious character with the villages, harbors, stone bridges, and historic nature of New England.

Amazing Acadia

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: New England

Trip Price: $2,050

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Portland, Maine / Portland, Maine

National Parklands: Acadia NP

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or kiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Amazing Acadia

Amazing Acadia - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Portland, Maine

Begin the adventure in the historic city of Portland, exploring the cobblestone streets and harbor. You’ll have your rental car, but your boutique hotel is in the heart of the Old Port, with its fishing wharves, converted warehouses, restaurants, and shops. 

Days 2-3: Camden and Penobscot Bay

Enjoy the short and scenic drive up Highway 1 to Camden, on Penobscot Bay, the “jewel of the Maine coast.” This inlet off the Gulf of Maine holds hundreds of uninhabited islands, incredible panoramic vistas, and an extensive lobster and fishing industry. Considered one of the best cruising grounds in Maine, Penobscot Bay is the perfect place for an afternoon sail, if you wish. Then wake to a full day of glorious hiking at Camden Hills State Park. A private guide will help you get to know the flora and fauna, and lead you to the best trails and overlooks.  

Days 4-6: Acadia National Park

Pulling back onto Highway 1, enjoy a classic two-hour drive on up the coast, passing (or stopping at!) lobster shacks, antique shops, and state parks to your ultimate destination, Acadia National Park. With 47,000 acres along the Atlantic Coast, Acadia boasts stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and plenty of ways to get out and explore. You have three days to immerse yourself in this unique landscape of glacier-carved ridgelines and valleys, fiord-like lakes, and dramatic beaches. A half day of kayaking takes you paddling out into the quiet waters of Acadia’s bays and sounds to soak up a beautiful sense of Maine wilderness. The following day you’ll see why Acadia is a popular destination for rock climbers, with a half day of climbing and instruction. Your expert guide shows you the ropes and chooses the right routes.  

Days 7-8 Pemaquid Point

Relax and enjoy your beautiful three-hour drive back down Highway 1 to Pemaquid Point, an idyllic piece of Maine coastline holding the quaint New England village of New Harbor. Visit the very historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and the Fisherman’s Museum, located in the old keeper’s house, with lighthouse artifacts and displays of local maritime history. You might also enjoy taking a 50-minute ferry ride to the very historic Monhegan Island, past Marshall Point Lighthouse and pine-clad islands. Watch for seals, puffins, porpoises, and maybe minke whales. And be sure to keep Boothbay Harbor on your to-do list, with its great seafood, nature trails, botanical gardens, and giant lobsters at the Maine State Aquarium.  

Day 9: Departure home

This morning, make your way back to Portland for the flight home. A later afternoon flight will give you more time to savor the scenic drive. 

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