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Acadia and the Maine Coast

Our newest Maine tour goes deeper into exploring Acadia National Park and Mid-coast Maine. Spend more time exploring the coastal cliffs, mountain peaks, lakes and forests of Acadia and the Camden/Rockland area of the Midcoast. Hiking, biking, kayaking, boat tours, and more. View the new itinerary below.

September 10-17, 2022
September 17-25, 2022 (includes extra day at Common Ground Fair)

***This tour will feature tent camping and a passenger van.***

Acadia and Maine Coast Itinerary 

Saturday September 10th/17th
We’ll pick you up in Portland, ME at 4PM and begin our journey to camp just outside Acadia National Park! Contact Adventure Bus for Portland pick up location.

Sunday September 11th/18th Acadia National Park
Sand Beach will serve as our base for our first day in Acadia National Park. From here you have several hiking options. Take the leisurely Ocean Path Trail to hug the coastline and see the iconic pink Acadia cliffs up close.  For more of a challenge, head up the Beehive Trail or Gorham Mountain for extensive views of the coastline and surrounding mountains. Or, for a great combo, you can do all three! 

Monday September 12th/19th  Acadia National Park
Discover Acadia’s Schoodic Peninsula today with some light hiking or biking. This lesser known section of the park is not to be missed! We’ll drive the one-way scenic loop, take in Schoodic Point, and a few short hikes for views of Mount Dessert Island and the rocky coast. 

Tuesday September 13th/20th  Acadia National Park
We’ll head to Southwest Harbor, or the “quiet side” of Acadia for some shorter coastal hiking on the Wonderland Trail and Ship Harbor trails. Later, hike up Acadia Mountain for stunning views of Somes Sound and the Cranberry Islands. Or, take a ferry out to Cranberry Island for the afternoon. We’ll end the day with sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the East Coast! 

Wednesday September 14th/21st  Acadia National Park
Experience Acadia by boat, bike or hiking today. Your choice! We’ll set you up with a boat tour, bike rental or kayaking tour.  Acadia is home to dozens of miles of old Carriage roads perfect for biking. Kayaking around the Porcupine Islands offers views of Bar Harbor and Frenchmen’s Bay. Or, hop on the free park shuttle and take in another hike. There are still dozens more we could recommend!  We’ll dine out tonight in one of the many fine restaurants in Bar Harbor.

Thursday September 15th/22nd  Camden/Rockland
In the morning we’ll head to the mid-coast area of Maine to Camden Hills State Park. Take in the views of Penobscot Harbor from Mt Battie which includes the village of Camden and on a clear day, Acadia! Visit Owl’s Head Lighthouse and walk the Rockland Breakwater, a unique stone jetty that juts out a mile into the Atlantic Ocean! We’ll camp in Camden Hills State Park near the ocean for the next two nights.

Friday September 16th/23rd  Monhegan Island
It’s an early start today as we try and catch sunrise over Penobscott Bay right from our campground. Next  a one hour ferry ride will take us to the truly unique Monhegan Island.  Spend your day hiking, visiting galleries, or taking in the beautiful views of this enchanting island! We often see seals, porpoise, and lots of seabirds on our ferry ride.

Saturday September 17th  Return to Portland
We will pack up in the morning and head back to Portland, ME arriving at about 11AM. 

Saturday September 24th Common Ground Fair
A truly unique experience, the Common Ground Fair has something for everyone! It is put on by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and offers a great look into rural Maine life. The fair offers demonstrations, guest speakers, exhibits, crafts, vendors, animals, and delicious food, all from Maine!

Sunday September 25th
We will pack up in the morning and head back to Portland, ME arriving at about 11AM. 

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Day 1 Depart Portland, ME

Depart Portland ME, 11 AM

We’ll pick you up at 11 AM and take in a picnic lunch along the coast as we travel to Acadia National Park in Downeast Maine.

Day 2 Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Cadillac Mountain. These are just a few of the highlights we’ll take in on our first day in Acadia National Park! We’ll hike along the rocky coastline or for a more challenging hike try Gorham Mountain or the Bee Hive!

Day 3 Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Discover Acadia’s Schoodic Peninsula with some light hiking or biking. This lesser known section of the park is not to be missed!

Day 4 Acadia

Acadia National Park

We’ll head to Southwest Harbor, or the “quiet side” of Acadia for some shorter coastal hiking on the Wonderland Trail and Ship Harbor trails. Later, hike up Acadia Mountain for stunning views of Somes Sound and the Cranberry Islands. Or, take a ferry out to Cranberry Island for the day.

Day 5 Acadia

Acadia National Park

Experience Acadia by boat, bike or hiking today. Your choice! We’ll set you up with a tour or rent a bike or kayak and take off on your own. Acadia is home to dozens of miles of old Carriage roads perfect for biking. Kayaking around the Porcupine Islands offers views of Bar Harbor and Frenchmen’s Bay. Dine out tonight in one of the many fine restaurants in Bar Harbor.

Day 6 Camden and Rockland Lighthouses

Camden and Rockland

In the morning we’ll head to the mid-coast area of Maine to Camden Hills State Park. Take in the views from Mt Battie of Penobscot Harbor which include the village of Camden and on a clear day, Acadia! Visit Owl’s Head Lighthouse and walk a mile out into the ocean on the Rockland Breakwater! We’ll camp near the ocean for the next two nights.

Day 7 Camden and Rockland

Camden and Rockland

It’s an early start today as we try and catch sunrise over Penobscott Bay right from our campground. Next we’ll take a ferry out to the truly unique Monhegan Island.  Spend your day hiking, visiting galleries, or taking in the beautiful views of this enchanting island! If you’ve already been to Monhegan, we can suggest more great local hikes or other excursions.

Day 8 Common Ground Fair, (certain dates only)

Common Ground Fair

Spend the day celebrating Maine’s agricultural traditions at Common Ground Fair.  Enjoy local food vendors, hand crafts and homesteading demonstrations and exhibits, live music and animals.

Day 8 Return to Portland, ME

Return to Portland, ME by Noon.


Trip Details

Arrival & Departure

Check with Adventure Bus for these details.

Transportation

This tour will feature a passenger van.

Accommodations

This tour will feature tent camping.

Weather

Cooler days and nights are typical in the on this adventure tour.

Food

Our meals are geared to provide you with the fuel you need to get through your active days, and yet still extremely tasty. We can accommodate all dietary needs. Click here for sample recipes.

Hikes & Difficulty

This is more of a multi-sport tour, with options for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing.

What to Expect

After you make a reservation, an Adventure Bus confirmation packet will be sent to you with more detailed information.



Testimonials

Name: Trish Lindsey From: Los Angeles, CA AB Trips she has been on so far: Best of the West, Alaska, Washington Coast to Cascades... Read more →

From the road

This unique bird is a Black Skimmer. You can find it and many other birds in Dry Tortugas National Park. fb.me/5Kio3PPFt Read more →

Depart Portland ME, 11 AM

We’ll pick you up at 11 AM and take in a picnic lunch along the coast as we travel to Acadia National Park in Downeast Maine.

Testimonials

Name:   Marlon Ignacio Where From:   Houston, Texas AB Trips he’s been on so far:   Alaska-11, Grand Canyon and the Wild West, North to... Read more →

From the road

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Dale Evans Read more →

Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Cadillac Mountain. These are just a few of the highlights we’ll take in on our first day in Acadia National Park! We’ll hike along the rocky coastline or for a more challenging hike try Gorham Mountain or the Bee Hive!

Acadia National Park

Discover Acadia’s Schoodic Peninsula with some light hiking or biking. This lesser known section of the park is not to be missed!

From the road

Highlight from 2016: Lunch on Valdez Glacier in Alaska! fb.me/8xi1GpSRy Read more →

Itinerary

Acadia Bike

Day 4 Acadia

Acadia National Park

We’ll head to Southwest Harbor, or the “quiet side” of Acadia for some shorter coastal hiking on the Wonderland Trail and Ship Harbor trails. Later, hike up Acadia Mountain for stunning views of Somes Sound and the Cranberry Islands. Or, take a ferry out to Cranberry Island for the day.

Testimonials

Name: Lisa Strand From: San Diego CA AB Trips she has been on: Glacier, Canadian Rockies... Read more →

From the road

Herons, wood storks, anhingas, pelicans, gullinules and spoonbills are just a few of the birds you can see in… fb.me/yrU8HDM8 Read more →

Itinerary

Acadia Bubbles

Day 5 Acadia

Acadia National Park

Experience Acadia by boat, bike or hiking today. Your choice! We’ll set you up with a tour or rent a bike or kayak and take off on your own. Acadia is home to dozens of miles of old Carriage roads perfect for biking. Kayaking around the Porcupine Islands offers views of Bar Harbor and Frenchmen’s Bay. Dine out tonight in one of the many fine restaurants in Bar Harbor.

Camden and Rockland

In the morning we’ll head to the mid-coast area of Maine to Camden Hills State Park. Take in the views from Mt Battie of Penobscot Harbor which include the village of Camden and on a clear day, Acadia! Visit Owl’s Head Lighthouse and walk a mile out into the ocean on the Rockland Breakwater! We’ll camp near the ocean for the next two nights.

Camden and Rockland

It’s an early start today as we try and catch sunrise over Penobscott Bay right from our campground. Next we’ll take a ferry out to the truly unique Monhegan Island.  Spend your day hiking, visiting galleries, or taking in the beautiful views of this enchanting island! If you’ve already been to Monhegan, we can suggest more great local hikes or other excursions.

Common Ground Fair

Spend the day celebrating Maine’s agricultural traditions at Common Ground Fair.  Enjoy local food vendors, hand crafts and homesteading demonstrations and exhibits, live music and animals.

Return to Portland, ME by Noon.

Testimonials

Terry Downey, West Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA AB Trips you’ve been on so far: Alaska 8, Alaska 11, Grande Canyon and the Wild West... Read more →