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driving acadia - white mountains

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driving acadia - white mountains

we're going to be driving from acadia national park to white mountain national park. no huge rush but ideally we'd want to cover the distance within a day / 1.5 days if possible; and we're interested mostly in scenery and food.

could anyone suggest the best route for us? thanks in advance!

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1. Re: driving acadia - white mountains

Hi quivalen,

That's alot of road to cover in a day or day and a half!

I've never driven the route you're thinking of, but I imagine it must take at least 5 hours or longer. And that's just going from point A to point B ie Bar Harbor to the White Mountains with no stops in between, traffic or browsing the scenery, eating, hitting the rest room, gassing up.

However, if you're really into speed and seeing as much in as possible in a very short time, I imagine its doable.

As far as the roads to take...can't help you out there as I've never driven that route all at once. It might be a good idea to purchase a copy of a New England map, specifically Northern New England to see all the connecting highways between the 2 states.

Hopefully there are those who have made the trip you're aspiring to and they'll post and help you out.

Good luck and welcome to Maine and New England :).


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2. Re: driving acadia - white mountains

I think it is easily doable in a day. I've done it with no problem at all. I'd leave Acadia and take the route, through Ellsworth, to Bangor. Then take Highway 2, all the way across Maine. It will bring you into New Hamphshire at the northern end of the White Mountain National Park.

The time I did it, we stopped to stretch and take pictures at the waterfall in Skowhegan, stopped for lunch in Bethel, Maine, and were in Sugar Hill, NH, on the western edge of the White Mountains, well before dinner time.

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