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Itinerary: Maine delivers outdoor adventure


Rocky coastlines, picturesque waterways and seafood cuisine are just a few of the things Maine is known for. Take a few days to explore all the outdoor activities that are available.

Maine Office of Tourism provided this itinerary.

Day One
Portland Region

Explore the coastline with a half-day Portland Electric Bike and Hike with Bike Portland Maine.

The Portland Observatory Lighthouse in MainePhoto: Maine Office of Tourism

Portland Observatory, Portland, Maine

Start out in downtown Portland and make the way along the coast, learning about the islands and forts as the group goes. Head to Mackworth Island in Falmouth for a short walk with stunning views of Casco Bay, then bike back to town. Rest up in Historic Old Port for the next day’s adventures, and enjoy some great dining and entertainment.

Day Two
Mid-Coast Region

Head north to the beautiful Mid-Coast Region of Maine (about 1 3⁄4 hour from Portland). Take in a day sail aboard a historic schooner.

There are several options for sailing on a schooner, including The Lazy Jack, Schooner Surprise, The Appledore and Schooner Olad. Sail past beaches, lighthouses and magnificent views of the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay.

Visit Camden Hills State Park and hike the short Mount Battie Trail for an unforgettable view of Penobscot Bay. This is where Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote the lines: “All I could see from where I stood/ Was three long mountains and a wood;/ I turned and looked another way,/ And saw three islands in a bay.”

The Schooner AppledorePhoto: Maine Office of Tourism

Schooner Appledore, Camden, Maine

Day Three
Acadia National Park

From Rockland, continue along the coast to Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park (about two hours from Rockland). The group can choose to hike or bike throughout the park.

Acadia Bike offers group or self-guided tours and they will deliver bikes to the park. Acadia has more than 120 miles of hiking trails, ranging from very easy to strenuous so it’s easy to spend a day hiking through the woods, mountains and along the coast.

Groups could spend the day at sea, kayaking. Tours are available through Acadia Outfitters, Coastal Kayaking, Aquaterra Adventures, Natural History Center or National Park Sea Kayak Tours. They include instruction and a certified guide to accompany small groups while exploring the harbor or other locations around the Island.

Days Four and Five
The Forks

It’s time to head west and north for whitewater rafting in The Forks. Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks (about three hours from Bar Harbor) offers world-class excitement on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead rivers. Day-long rafting trips include a gourmet lunch. Just follow the instructions of the Registered Maine Guide and have a fabulous time. And, the resort will even provide photos and videos of the trip. 

Maine Office of Tourism


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