Maine might just have it all. Historic fishing villages adorning miles of rocky coastline. Romantic schooners weaving around islands and lighthouses. Winding hiking trails revealing ocean vistas, wildflowers and warblers. Festive lobster bakes with freshly-plucked crustaceans. It's essential New England. And it's all here. In Maine.
1-2 Explore New England's diverse landscape at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | Camden delights with its seaside beauty, quaint boutiques and seafaring history | Take a scenic sail on a fully-restored windjammer | Ascend Camden Hills State Park's Mount Battie for panoramic views of Penobscot Bay | Spectacular vistas of cobalt-blue Lake Megunticook come into sight from a rock-ledge lookout.
3 Amble along the historic carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller in the 1900s | Enjoy unparalleled views as you hike in Acadia National Park from the shores of pristine Jordan Pond to the bald peaks of Penobscot and Sargent Mountains | Stroll the lively streets of Bar Harbor, perched on Mount Desert Island.
4 Trek up mighty Cadillac Mountain and learn about its unique granite trail system | At the mountain's summit, soak in 360-degree views of the harbor, Egg Rock Lighthouse and dozens of outlying islands | Head up the narrow trail of Dorr Mountain, Acadia's second-highest peak, for a look over the east side of the park.
5 Dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Sand Beach as you stroll on Acadia's impressive Great Head Peninsula | Hike up striking rocky cliffs for a shimmering ocean view | Wind down with a final Backroads picnic as we make our way back to Portland.