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Boston to Bar Harbour Itinerary

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Boston to Bar Harbour Itinerary

Hi folks.

We are visiting the USA from UK for a few weeks in August.

As part of our tour, we will be travelling (driving) from Boston to Bar Harbour. We have about 12days to do this and wish to have at least 4 nights (possibly 5) in Bar Harbour.

Where would people suggest stopping and staying for the rest of it? Our party consists of 2 adults and a 10 year old. We enjoy being outdoors, photography and are happy to walk, but don't want long (5mile plus) trails, just nice little wanders with a coffee and/or an ice cream in the middle!!!

So far, we're thinking along the lines of something like this for our itenary ....

1/2 nights near Salem ..... is it worth staying in Rockport / Gloucester ?

Kittery outlets (wife likes to shop!).

Kennebunkport - heard some wonderful things about it and surrounding area.

Rockport / Camden area ...... is there anywhere worth staying between Kennebunkport and there? Freeport?

Then on to Bar Harbour / Acadia.

Any thoughts, comments or recommendations are gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Boston to Bar Harbour Itinerary

You should also stop in Portsmouth, NH. I might make Salem a day trip stop on the way up from Boston and then overnight in Portsmouth. Salem has good historic sights, but it is urban and there are only a few hotels in Salem itself. Portsmouth has a quaint downtwn waterfront area chock full of restaurants and shops.

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2. Re: Boston to Bar Harbour Itinerary

You are unusual, in that you are actually allowing plenty of time to do the general route you describe. That's great.

Take at least 5 nights in Acadia, since you have the time. Bar Harbor is not the only place to stay there, just FYI. There are other towns on the island. You might prefer to be in Bar Harbor, but it is the busiest. Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor are nice -- do at least go visit them as you explore.

I like the idea of breaking your journey (Boston - Acadia) into 2 days or more. Be sure to allow the time to get back before your flight. Maybe that trip back is a good time to stay somewhere close to Boston like Gloucester, Marblehead etc. (of course, allowing lots of time to then drive to the airport & return your car). You could stay in Salem itself, so long as you are near the historic things -- it's actually a fairly large town.

If you do want another place to stop overnight in Maine, yes, you might like Freeport. This is a shopping town but has lovely Maine coast as well. There are shopping outlets here, and the famous retailer L.L.Bean.

Camden is really a beautiful town, and might suit you very well. Almost all the coastal towns in Maine will probably work for you.

Although it is the largest town in Maine, Portland might be a good stop at least for a meal. This town has really really good food, unlike most popular tourist destinations.

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3. Re: Boston to Bar Harbour Itinerary

If you stay in the Kennebunkport or Ogunquit area for a few nights, you can visit Kittery for shopping for part of one day, and visit Portsmouth for the rest. You can also drive along the coast, see Nubble Lighhouse, Portland head Lighthouse, etc.

You can stop at Freeport on your way back from the Acadia area - its a must if youwant to visit LL Bean's huge stores there.

Salem, MA is good for a single day, and Gloucester and Rockport can be combined for a single day, but I would just stay in one place convenient to both for a couple of nights to see both.

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