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One Tank Trip for Maine Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
251 miles – 5 hours, 15 minutes
Fresh lobster and shellfish, schooners and fishing boats—Maine has a rich maritime history, but also contains quite a diverse and picturesque landscape. With 17 million acres of forest, the entire state has one of the most incredible displays of Fall foliage with visitors coming from miles around to witness green forests turn to brilliant oranges, reds and yellows. Maine has in much in store for everyone wanting adventure.
Let’s begin our RV travels in York Harbor, a vibrant city with a history as a prosperous seaport in the 18th century. Of course, you’ll want to make your trip memorable by taking a Maine Lobster tour trip, where you’ll discover all the ins and outs of lobstering before you indulge in a tasty lobster dinner yourself. There are several charters available from the harbor and if lobstering isn’t exciting enough for you, there are opportunities for deep sea fishing, whale watching, scuba diving and coastal cruises and you can still have that lobster dinner or two afterwards! Within the area, you’ll also find one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, the Nubble Lighthouse and if you make your way to the heart of Short Sands Beach, make sure you visit the Goldenrod who has been making traditional salt water taffy since 1869. That sweet aroma of melting sugar cane will reach out and grab you no matter what your age!
15.5 miles – 24 minutes
Let’s continue our trip up the coast on US-1N for around 14 miles to our next destination, Wells. This beautiful city is one of the oldest cities in Maine and within a short distance of the equally historic and beautiful city of Kennebunkport. With miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches at your fingertips, it’s hard to resist setting up in the sun and watch the tide roll in and out. When you feel like doing a little exploring, visit the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, where you may catch a glimpse of a variety of waterfowl, deer and other migratory birds who flock to the area. Continue your exploration into the beautiful landscapes of the area with a visit to Historic Laudholm Farm, once the largest and most progressive saltwater farm in the county. Today the farm is part of the Wells Reserve and manages over 2,000-acres of coastal habitat and works toward preserving this incredibly beautiful area and its history.
112 miles – 2 hours, 8 minutes
Let’s continue our tour of the coast by returning to US-1N. Merge onto I-295N and after a few miles, merge back onto US-1N. When you get to ME-27S take a slight right and follow this road into Boothbay Harbor. The total mileage clocks in at about 87 miles. Much like the rest of the coastal cities in Maine, Boothbay is incredibly beautiful. Lighthouses, quiet coves and rocky shores dominate the landscape and it’s hard to resist the many meandering country roads which all seem to land you somewhere worth setting up and staying a while. Along the harbor, you’ll find numerous fishing vessels set along side many excursion boats waiting to take you out into the harbor for seal and whale watching, a trip to Monhegan Island for a little exploring and maybe a delicious lobster bake. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, take to a kayak and explore the area. There are many who say this is the best way to explore Boothbay. Take advantage of the trip to Burnt Island Light Station. Located on a beautiful 5-acre island, about 1 mile from the port of Boothbay Harbor, it has been wonderfully restored and transformed into a superb education facility. When you get your land legs back, there are miles of nature trails waiting for you to explore, many of them with an exceptional ocean view. Or explore the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens which offer several trails filled with beautiful flora and fauna. They’re open year round so you can even explore on snowshoes or cross-country skis, if you’re so inclined.
18.2 miles – 26 minutes
Let’s backtrack a little on ME-27 heading north, taking a right onto US-1 heading north. Hold steady on US-1 for the 18 mile trip into Damariscotta. This beautiful city with an unusual name is a historic coastal village, once known as a ship building town, Damariscotta now enjoys a steady flow of travelers who come to relax and unwind along its shores. Just 10 miles from town, you’ll find Damariscotta Lake, a favorite of locals and tourists for its plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities. Hike, bike, fish and do a little wildlife viewing, your combinations here are endless! Other attractions in the area include the Colonial Pemaquid Historical Site, one of the earliest sites of European occupations in North America. There have been extensive archaeological excavations to the area and 14 foundations of 17th and 18th century structures have been found so far. It’s a fascinating stop filled with history, so make sure you stop for a look!
105 miles – 2 hours, 18 minutes
Our last stop takes up back to US-1N as we wind around West Penobscot Bay and into Bar Harbor. Famous as a summer colony, Bar Harbor is a quaint village located at the mouth of Frenchman Bay. Since the 1800s, artists, scholars and writers have flocked to the area to indulge in the rugged, delicate beauty of the coast. Located nearby is Acadia National Park, comprised of 49,000-acres of serene rock-bound coast, meadows, marshes and rich evergreen forests. This area is literally where the mountains meet the sea and offers a variety of outdoor activities from hiking and biking to exploring a 27 mile scenic loop by RV or car. Take to downtown for a walking tour to discover the fascinating history of this little city by the sea or hop a trolley and let someone else worry about the driving while you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride while you dream about diving head first into a clambake at any one of the incredible restaurants in the area. Maybe we should start with the clambake first?
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