Adventure Bus - We take you where you want to go!  Choose your adventure and leave the driving and details up to us.

Maine Mountains and Coast

IMG_3946Acadia National Park, Monhegan Island, Camden Hills State Park, Portland Head Light, Grafton Notch State Park. Spend a week exploring rocky coastline, quaint villages, and mountains while kayaking, biking, canoeing, and hiking.

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

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

 

Maine Mountains and Coast Itinerary

Saturday September 10th/17th
We’ll pick you up at 4PM and begin our journey to the Western Mountains of Maine. The small mountain town of Bethel will be our basecamp for the first 3 nights. We’ll get settled into our campground and enjoy a cookout and campfire.

Sunday September 11th/18th
Maine is home to beautiful lakes and rivers! We’ll kayak or canoe the Androscoggin River or two local lakes in the morning with a picnic lunch back at camp. In the afternoon, we’ll take to the mountains! Ride the scenic chairlift at Sunday River Ski Resort for wonderful views of the surrounding White Mountains as the fall colors begin to change. We’ll do some short hiking and also visit a beautiful covered bridge. 

Monday September 12th/19th  Grafton Notch State Park
Discover the beauty of the White Mountains and Grafton Notch State Park! We’ll take a hike that begins on the Appalachian Trail and ends at a beautiful granite outcropping called “Table Rock” with a beautiful view up and down the gorge, Grafton Notch. This is moose country, so we’ll be on the lookout for those majestic creatures. End the day at the Suds Pub and sample some local food and brews.

Tuesday September 13th/20th  Acadia National Park
We’ll pack up camp in the morning and transfer to the coast! We’ll enjoy lunch at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. From here you have several hiking options for the afternoon.  Take the leisurely  Ocean Path 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 views of the coastline and surrounding mountains. Or, for a great combo, you can do all three!  We’ll end the day with sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the entire 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 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! 

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. 

View Itinerary →

Day 1 Depart Portland, ME

Depart Portland ME, 11 AM

We’ll pick you up at 11 AM and take in a picnic lunch at the iconic Portland Head Light before whisking you away to the western mountains of Maine! Don’t worry, we’ll come back to the rugged rocky coast later in the week!

Day 2 Canoe and Hike

Canoe and Hike

Start your day with a leisurely canoe down the Androscoggin River. Maybe we will see a moose! In the afternoon ride the chairlift up Sunday River Ski Resort for beautiful views of the surrounding Mahousic Mountains. Hike to another peak or down the mountain. We’ll also visit Artist’s Bridge, a beautiful local covered bridge.

Day 3 Grafton Notch State Park

Grafton Notch State Park

Discover the beauty of the White Mountains and Grafton Notch State Park! We’ll enjoy some hiking through thick forest as fall foliage begins. We’ll explore beautiful granite outcrops and cascading creeks while we keep an eye out for a Moose! End the day at the Suds Pub and sample some local food and brews.

Day 4 Acadia

Acadia National Park

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

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 Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island

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!

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

Contact Adventure Bus for additional information.

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

Depart Portland ME, 11 AM

We’ll pick you up at 11 AM and take in a picnic lunch at the iconic Portland Head Light before whisking you away to the western mountains of Maine! Don’t worry, we’ll come back to the rugged rocky coast later in the week!

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 →

From the road

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

Canoe and Hike

Start your day with a leisurely canoe down the Androscoggin River. Maybe we will see a moose! In the afternoon ride the chairlift up Sunday River Ski Resort for beautiful views of the surrounding Mahousic Mountains. Hike to another peak or down the mountain. We’ll also visit Artist’s Bridge, a beautiful local covered bridge.

Grafton Notch State Park

Discover the beauty of the White Mountains and Grafton Notch State Park! We’ll enjoy some hiking through thick forest as fall foliage begins. We’ll explore beautiful granite outcrops and cascading creeks while we keep an eye out for a Moose! End the day at the Suds Pub and sample some local food and brews.

From the road

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

Day 4 Acadia

Acadia National Park

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

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 →

Itinerary

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.

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 →

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 →

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.

Monhegan Island

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!

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.