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Maine Family Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Discover the understated beauty of Maine's coastline
  • Pedal under towering firs and past pristine crashing surf at Acadia National Park
  • Seaside Camden, brimming with galleries, museums and shops
  • Rock climbing at Otter Cliffs—the kids will be talking about it for weeks! 
  • Enjoy a classic Maine culinary experience—a lobster pound

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From Woods to Seashore in Acadia National Park & Penobscot Bay

Beehive Mountain. Egg Rock. Oreo cows. Just hearing the names makes you smile. And wait 'til you get here. Cycling through charming New England fishing villages. Voices echoing under stone bridges on Rockefeller's historic carriage roads. Scaling granite at Otter Cliffs. Incredible views from Cadillac Mountain. Pedaling by the crashing Atlantic. Historic lighthouses. A bald eagle soaring overhead. Picking wild blueberries. And even time to sneak off for a spa treatment. There's so much to smile about.


Days 1-2 Pedal under towering firs and past pristine crashing surf at Acadia National Park The arched bridges and quiet roads of Acadia's carriage road system, a gift from philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., make for superb biking  Donning harnesses and helmets, youngsters go rock climbing with expert guides at oceanside Otter Cliffs  Spin through Northeast Harbor, a quintessential small town complete with galleries, a town market and only one downtown intersection  Browse Bar Harbor's shops or simply relax at our hotel  Partake in a classic Maine culinary experience—a lobster pound! 

Day 3 Discover the understated beauty of Maine's coastline as you pedal along Penobscot Bay Start your ride in picturesque Belfast, passing charming 19th-century cottages along the way  Experience the unique summer community of Bayside, described by the Washington Post as a "refreshing reminder of a simpler time."

Days 4-5 Enchanting Camden, brimming with galleries, museums and shops, and often called Maine's prettiest seaside village Grown-ups enjoy a hearty ride through the undulating hills around Camden  Opt for a hike up Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park  The fresh coastal air and beautiful scenery around Rockport invite a last scenic spin.

Premiere Inns

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Bar Harbor (2 nights) Overlooking Frenchman Bay, this luxury lodge in downtown Bar Harbor offers numerous amenities. (pool, spa, tennis)

Camden Harbour Inn
Camden Harbour Inn

Camden (2 nights) An award-winning restaurant, exceptional hospitality and plush amenities come together to create a "refined stylishness that balances classic with contemporary," according to Andrew Harper. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

To give you an idea of how much we enjoyed our latest Backroads trip, let me just say this: on our drive home from the airport, we planned two more! We were reminded, after about a year-and-a-half gap between trips, how much we really LOVE traveling with Backroads. Looking forward to many more adventures with you in the future.
Amy Thornhill- Winter Haven, FL
Backroads continues to be my tour company of choice. The attitude of your leaders is what sets you apart.
Dick Oberg- Everett, WA
My 12-year-old son dreaded bicycling before this trip. Thanks to our leaders, he found his inner cyclist.
Thomas Politano- Knoxville, TN

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 200 17 1200
2 14 1000 28 2000 39 2800 46 3800
Kids: Rock Climbing at Otter Cliffs (3 Hours)
3 10* 800 21* 1500 35 2500
23* 2000
4 8* 200 16 1400
22 1900
Kids: Morning Activity (1 Hour)
Mount Battie Hike (1.5 Miles; 800` elevation gain)
Optional Afternoon Kayaking (2 Hours)
5 7 400
11 600

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 20% dirt and 80% paved).

On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

Given the geology of the area, the terrain consists of constant rises and valleys. In large part, it is the challenging terrain that makes biking in Maine so rewarding. Use extra caution along the narrow trafficked roads, which offer minimal shoulders. Also note that there are dips and rises along the pavement due to the seasonal freeze and thaw that occurs in the region.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


2 - 3 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.


2 - 3 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Maine tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.


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Portland, Maine

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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