18 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine Itinerary

18 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine Itinerary

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Deer Isle
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Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 7 nights
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Lubec
— 2 nights
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Columbia Falls
— 1 night
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Ellsworth
— 3 nights
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Deer Isle — 2 nights

Deer Isle is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, then trek along Edgar M. Tennis Preserve, then view the masterpieces at Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies, and finally don't miss a visit to Deer Isle Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Deer Isle trip planning tool.

Milwaukee to Deer Isle is an approximately 20.5-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Deer Isle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Deer Isle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Northeast Harbor.
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Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 2 nights

Northeast Harbor is a village on Mount Desert Island, located in the town of Mount Desert in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 18th (Sun), make a trip to Harbourside Drive, then admire the natural beauty at Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Asticou Azalea Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Maine Granite Industry Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Somes Sound and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Penobscot Mountain.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Northeast Harbor travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by journey from Deer Isle to Northeast Harbor takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Northeast Harbor can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 7 nights

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Eclipse Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trek along Ocean Path, explore the striking landscape at Thunder Hole, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor online vacation planner.

Bar Harbor is very close to Northeast Harbor. In August, daytime highs in Bar Harbor are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lubec.
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Lubec — 2 nights

Lubec is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Bayside Chocolates, shop like a local with Northern Tides Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Lost Fishermen's Memorial, examine the collection at McCurdy Smokehouse Museum, then enjoy the sea views from West Quoddy Head Light, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Quoddy Head State Park. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at The Bold Coast, then stroll through Jasper Beach, and then examine the collection at Burnham Tavern.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lubec road trip website.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Lubec in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Columbia Falls.
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Columbia Falls — 1 night

Columbia Falls is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): experience rural life at Wild Blueberry Land, take an in-depth tour of Ruggles House, and then see the interesting displays at Wreaths Across America Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Columbia Falls itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lubec to Columbia Falls in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Columbia Falls are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ellsworth.
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Ellsworth — 3 nights

Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The Telephone Museum and Wilson Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Ellsworth side-trips: Spring Woods Gallery (in Sullivan), Bucksport Historical Society (in Bucksport) and Chapter Two Art Gallery (in Corea). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Wild Mountain Man Ray's Chainsaw Show, get engrossed in the history at Castine Historical Society, look for gifts at Acadia World Traders, and shop like a local with (KoT) Contemporary Functional Craft.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ellsworth trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Columbia Falls to Ellsworth in an hour. In August in Ellsworth, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.
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