Hello Bar Harbor/Acadia Experts! My husband and I will be vacationing in Maine mid September. I am ready to book flights and accommodations but would love your input on our itinerary first. We are traveling from San Francisco, both in our early 60s and are National Park and hiking enthusiasts.
Arrive and spend night in Bangor
Day 1: Drive to Acadia and do the Park Loop taking in stops and possibly a hike. Check into hotel (Bass Cottage Inn)
Day 2: Hike in park and visit sieur de monts
Day 3: Hike in park in am and 2:00pm sailing on the Margaret Todd
Day 4: Drive to Schoodic Peninsula, schoodic park loop, hike and if time drive a bit farther north. We are planning to drive as it looks like the park bus stops running August 31st on the peninsula...plus we have the option to go farther north. My husband doesn't mind driving.
Day 5: Drive to Southwest Harbor, hike, go to Bass Harbor and take the nature cruise 3-5:00 pm. Have early dinner at Thurston lobster pond.
Day 6: Bike carriage roads, stop at Jordan Pond and ???
Day 7: Depart Bar Harbor............drive to Blue Hill Peninsula and then down to Deer Isle. Check into hotel - Pilgrim Inn.
Day 8: Lazy day.....visit the various preserves and other sights.
Day 9: Depart Deer Isle and drive to Castine with possible stop at the Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park. Check into hotel (undecided on which one).
Day 10: Leave Castine and drive to airport for departure (more than likely an overnight somewhere near airport and then early morning flight out.)
Have we allowed ample time for the park? We don't like to do drive-byes and like to hike.
Have we allowed enough time for Deer Isle and Castine?
Many thanks for taking the time to share your expertise. We appreciate it and are looking forward to our trip. Neither of us have been to Maine before.
Kathy and Mike