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For those of you who are traveling to Maine for the first
time planning your vacation can sometimes be a time-consuming endeavor.
In addition, it is really hard to choose what to see in one short week.
If you are short of time to plan your vacation then try the suggested
one-week Maine vacation outlined below.
Start your trip by traveling along the coast of Maine. Visit
Portland, Freeport, Camden, Stonington, Bar Harbor and
Mount Desert Island. Stay overnight in Portland, then choose
between Freeport, Boothbay Harbor, or Camden for your next night stay.
Stonington is also a possibility for an overnight stay followed by Mount Desert Island. After visiting the coast head west and inland to Moosehead Lake. Then south back to home.
Portland. You should stay at least one night in the
Old Port Area of
Portland on the waterfront. Find a hotel in walking distance to the Old
Port Area so you can dine and bar hop and then stroll back to your
hotel. The Holiday Inn on the Bay is a nice place - get a room facing
the harbor. Stay one night in Portland unless you want to take the ferry to one
of the islands in Casco Bay - that will make it a two-day stay. A nice
island to visit is Peaks Island.
Freeport. There is lots
of shopping for the girlfriend or wife. She hits the boutiques, gifts
shops and clothing stores, and you spend time and money away from her in a
manly fashion at L.L. Bean. Make it up to her by dining at the Azure
Cafe (pricy but good meals and she will love the atmosphere). Two nice places to stay are the Hilton Garden Inn and Harraseeket Inn;
however there is an abundance of Bed and Breakfast establishments and
economy-minded motels. Freeport is not just about shopping - Wolfe
Neck Woods State Park is nearby as well as Bradbury Mountain State Park. There is a
small fishing / lobster boat harbor with a seafood restaurant. This harbor
gets crowded on weekends and you will find it tough to park on Sat and Sun.
There is plenty of parking in Freeport though. To get to Freeport take
Route 295 North out of Portland, Maine. Get off at either exit 20 or 22.
Boothbay Harbor. This small harbor town deserves
a stay if you have the time. Ensure you make reservations.
Camden is a small, coastal town with a fishing
and pleasure boat harbor. You will pass
through Camden on your way up the coast on Route 1. Either stay over night
or stop for lunch and a short stroll around town. If you are in Camden
for longer than a few hours then book yourself a trip on one of the
windjammers sailing out of the harbor. At the very least Camden is
worth stopping for lunch and taking a few pictures.
Camden Hills State Park offers a nice view of the coast, town, and
harbor. A very pretty place.
a very pretty working fishing village. There are just a few restaurants and hotels
If you visit for a day trip you can see the whole place in a couple of
hours but certainly it would be a pleasurable time staying overnight.
There are lots of small art galleries that support a small artist population. If you plan on going overnight make a
solid reservation. You can take a boat and do a day trip to
Isle au Haut -
but if it is overnight you need reservations. There are a couple of small
inns on the Isle au Haut and a campground. The state park on the
southern tip of the island has a gorgeous hiking path along the ocean. Reservations are a must on the
Acadia National Park. Visit Bar Harbor and stay
overnight there. Reservations are a must in the summer. Climb Cadillac Mountain - an
easy climb with a good view. Do some kayaking or biking on the carriage
trails. Plenty of places to rent
You can travel the Loop Road by bike or car for a small fee and view some
As you travel up the coast I would also pick out a
to visit. The Portland Headlight is very popular as is Fort Knox.
North, Central, and/or Western Maine.
Once done visiting the coast you now can start
inland. Visit Moosehead Lake, Mount Katahdin, and West Forks. Lots of
places to stay at Moosehead Lake. Rent a canoe or do some kayaking. You
will definitely want to visit Baxter State Park (you will need reservations
for camping overnight). You will want to climb
but only if you are in good physical shape and keep an eye on the weather. You may see some
moose in this area. Do some
rafting in the West Forks area.
By this time your week in Maine is just about over and
it is time to get home. From the interior of Maine you can just drive straight
home or stop off at Portland for one last night there. If you
drove up from Boston, New York or elsewhere Route 95 in NH and the Maine
Turnpike can be crowded on a Sunday afternoon. Get an early Sunday
morning start or stay over until Monday morning.
Your one-week Maine vacation will be a quick trip, you
won't see everything and you will no doubt want to come back!
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