United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Bringing alcohol into the US
  2. 2 How to make money road tripping
  3. 3 "Unique" New York City Experiences-Yours
  4. 4 Hollywood Area where to stay
  5. 5 7 Day Photography Road trip from Vegas to Denver during Christmas
  6. 6 Santa Fe & Taos for Christmas week: feedback on itinerary?
  7. 7 New York in December
  8. 8 Bringin Wine in by car from Mexico
  9. 9 Trip Report Three relaxing weeks in Palm Springs
  10. 10 Road trip from Madison, WI to Portland, OR in April, 2017
  11. 11 Driving from San Diego CA to Great lakes IL in FEB
  12. 12 Seafood restaurant in San Francisco - recommendations
  13. 13 Christmas shopping in Sante Fe
  14. 14 Ideas for New York
  15. 15 CAJUN region, plus NEW ORLEANS
  16. 16 Grand Canyon / Bryce / Zion in August with Teens
  17. 17 Staying outside DC
  18. 18 Dallas, Austin, Waco in February
  19. 19 Hurricane Matthew damage along Florida East Coast?
  20. 20 New Years In Asheville with Nature and Beer on the side!
  21. 21 Suggestions for a Week in Portland
  22. 22 Going to L.A. dec18-25; Road trip to D.V. and on rt66
  23. 23 9 days in Olympic NP and Seattle area
  24. 24 Road trip
  25. 25 What's your favorite "after theatre" place to eat in NYC??
View next 25 » Back to the top

Acadia National Park

Jump to last reply

My husband and I will be traveling from Boston to Acadia National Park in mid-September for our first visit to Maine. We also want to visit some of the coastal towns along the way there and / or on the way back. Our flight to Boston arrives at 1:00 PM on a Wednesday and then we will then pick up our rental car to head to Maine. We have five nights to see Acadia and some of the Coast. My husband and I are both in our early fifties and want to do some hiking and biking in Acadia , as well as spend some time driving to see the scenery both in Acadia and a little of the coastal area North of Acadia. If we have time, we want to do a whale watching tour(are they around this time of year?) or an afternoon sail. After researching towns to stay, it seems the most convenient and popular place to stay is Bar Harbor. We are not necessarily looking for the most touristy place to stay, but would like to be convenient to driving or biking to park, as well as walking (or short drive) to some good restaurants. Our idea of a great evening is watching the sun go down with a martini and walking to a great place to eat. Would Southwest Harbor be just of good an option than Bar Harbor.? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? We would like to spend no more that $125 to $150 a night. It can be self catering or B & B or hotel.
My next question is this. If we land at 1:00 (if on time) and get our car, we would be looking at an arrival time of 7:00 PM if we drive straight to Acadia. As much as I would rather get there the first night, it would probably be more relaxing to have a 2 1/2 hour drive up the road to one of the scenic coastal towns. Be able to walk around, watch the sun go down and have a nice dinner, We could then leisurely drive up the Acadia the next morning. It seems we need at least 3 nights around Acadia to do want we want to do and have down time. We could then spend our last night at another town on the coast a little closer to Boston (would like to be no longer than a 2 hour drive from the airport). Our flight is at 2:45 PM the following Monday.
I realize I am rambling. I need to make a decision on whether to get straight to Acadia and do our coastal touring the last 2 days on the way back to Boston. Or do 1 night on way up, and one night back down. I am thinking about whether it is better being in certain places on weekdays, week nights, weekends, etc. as far as traffic and crowds and driving are concerned. I am over thinking this!
Thanks for everyone's input on the Fodor's site!

8 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement