7 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine Itinerary

7 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine Itinerary

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7 days in DownEast and Acadia Maine Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + foot:  8​h 45​min
1
Bar Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Lubec
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Castine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Deer Isle
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ship Harbor Nature Trail and Egg Rock Light. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Saviour's Church : and Bar Harbor Cellars Winery. Go for a jaunt from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor to see Wendell Gilley Museum about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, step off the mainland to explore Mount Desert Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Head Trail, and look for gifts at The Christmas Vacation Shop.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor road trip planning tool .

Minneapolis to Bar Harbor is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in September; daily highs in Bar Harbor reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Lubec.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Wendell Gilley Museum, Ship Harbor Nature Trail
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Mount Desert Island ©
Mount Desert Island
Wendell Gilley Museum ©
Wendell Gilley Museum

1
night
Lubec

Lubec ©
Lubec is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Quoddy Head State Park, visit a coastal fixture at West Quoddy Head Light, take in the exciting artwork at Northern Tides Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Lost Fishermen's Memorial, and finally examine the collection at McCurdy Smokehouse Museum.

Make your Lubec itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Bar Harbor to Lubec in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lubec are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Castine.

Things to do in Lubec

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Quoddy Head State Park ©
Quoddy Head State Park
West Quoddy Head Light ©
West Quoddy Head Light
McCurdy Smokehouse Museum ©
McCurdy Smokehouse Museum

1
night
Castine

Castine ©
Castine is a town in Hancock County in eastern Maine, USA, which served from 1670 to 1674 as the capital of Acadia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Castine Historical Society, trek along Dyce Head Foot Path, then see the interesting displays at Wilson Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Castine trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Lubec to Castine takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Castine can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Deer Isle.

Things to do in Castine

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Wilson Museum ©
Wilson Museum
Castine Historical Society ©
Castine Historical Society

1
night
Deer Isle

Deer Isle ©
Deer Isle is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): trek along Edgar M. Tennis Preserve and then shop like a local with Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Deer Isle vacation planner .

Drive from Castine to Deer Isle in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deer Isle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Edgar M. Tennis Preserve ©
Edgar M. Tennis Preserve
Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies ©
Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies