11 states in 11 days… that was our summer Northeast road trip in a nutshell. We started in Baltimore, Maryland and went all the way up to Maine. We stopped at a few Maine coastal towns briefly and then made our way up from Portland Maine to Acadia National Park. If you are planning a trip to Maine, the summer is the best time to visit this gorgeous state. Here are some ideas of what to do on a northeast road trip from Portland Maine to Bar Harbor.
Maine Coastal Towns
Before our northeast road trip from Portland Maine to Bar Harbor, we stopped at a couple of Maine coastal towns just to check them out. The first was Ogunquit and the second was Kennebunkport. Both seemed like such cute Maine coastal towns, but we did not have time for much exploring because we needed to make it to Portland. If you are staying longer in the area, check out a more detailed coastal Maine road trip itinerary.
I had read that Portland, Maine had a great foodie vibe. It did not disappoint! From the potato donuts at Holy Donut to the lobster rolls to the sausages and beer at The Thirsty Pig, the food in Portland was delicious. As usual, I wish we had spent more time. We were only there for a day, and therefore missed out on many things to do in Portland, Maine.
We arrived in Portland late in the afternoon and were just planning on relaxing at our AirBnB before venturing out to
We all actually enjoyed the game very much (even my daughter). It was a nice, small stadium with a decent size crowd, and it was something we had never done before. I am the trip planner of our vacations, and since I usually have things pretty tightly scheduled, there is not always the opportunity for spontaneous activities. This day, it just so happened, that I left some extra time in the schedule.
What to do in Portland Maine
10 Best Things to Do in Portland Maine
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
We drove from the downtown Portland area south and headed towards Cape Elizabeth. I love lighthouses, and since we were so close to one, I needed to stop and take a picture. It was so peaceful to watch the waves crashing on the rocky shore and stare at the lighthouse for a few minutes.
Where to Stay in Portland
Although it would have been nice to stay in downtown Portland Maine, we opted for a more
Hotels in Downtown Portland
We stayed at a Fairfield Inn, a Marriott brand, because it was 10,000 points a night. Since we had those points in our Marriott Rewards account, it would be a free hotel stay. To read about how to maximize your hotel stays and save money, download my e-book: How to Start Travel Hacking.
Bar Harbor Maine Vacations
About 3 hours away from Portland is the seaside town of Bar Harbor, Maine. The town is quaint, charming and any other positive adjective you want to throw in! In my eyes, it was the quintessential Maine town. There seemed to be plenty of things to do in Bar Harbor Maine, I wish we would have had more time.
We arrived mid-morning and went to straight to lunch at Geddy’s. It is right in the midst of downtown Bar Harbor, so you get to enjoy walking around. Each kid’s meal came with a frisbee, so after our fantastic lunch, we found a nearby park and threw it around.
Vacations to Bar Harbor do not come cheap. It’s pretty pricey to stay in the downtown Bar Harbor area, so we opted to stay at the more
The next morning we woke up and had a full day of 3 hikes planned in Acadia National Park with the kids. Click here if you would like a general overview of some of the best hikes in Acadia for kids.
We did Bubble Rock Trail in the morning, walked to Bar Island around lunchtime, and finished the day walking on the Ocean Path Trail. Click on the links above for a more detailed review of those
Some of my favorite family pictures came from Acadia National Park. Although our time in Maine was rather short, it has definitely been one of my favorite states after this trip. Our road trip from Portland Maine to Bar Harbor was great, and I am not sure which area I liked more. I cannot wait to go back and explore more cities and return to Acadia on a “non-foggy” day!
From the Maine coastal towns to the road trip from Portland Maine to Acadia National Park, there is so much to do in the part of the country. After our Maine road trip, we stopped at a few cities on the way back down to Baltimore: New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Here’s an idea of what to do if you have only a day in Boston.
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5 thoughts on “Road Trip from Portland Maine to Bar Harbor with Kids”
Only in the Northeast you can do road trip to 11 states in 11 days. In Texas, you will not get out of the state if you start from the southwest towards the northeast. lol. Road trip to the northeast is in our radar for this summer, so I will pin this article.
This sounds like so much fun! I’m way over in Cali so I don’t know if I would make it over to Maine for a trip but I sure would love to take a road trip soon.
This looks so great! I was so sad we had to cut out the northeast on our road trip. We ended up coming back to Florida earlier than planned, but we definitely plan to make a trek up next chance we get and I can’t wait to see Maine!!
Portland ME is one of my fav cities in the world!! Looks like you guys had the best time!!
Portland ME is one of my fav cities in the world!! Looks like you guys had the best time!! These are such wonderful tips and ideas for a future trip 🙂