Lobsters, Donuts & Epic Views – Maine Road Trip to Acadia National Park

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The northeastern most state in the U.S., Maine is a great summer travel destination with a lot to offer. One way to experience the coast of Maine is to take a road trip to Acadia National Park. In this post I share many of the highlights covered in our road trip video below.

Road Trip to Acadia National Park

See Maine’s rocky coastline, lighthouses, beautiful nature areas and sample all the delicious food including fresh Atlantic lobsters and potato donuts. This road trip guide starts in Kittery and ends in Lubec.

Kittery Trading Post – Kittery

Kittery Trading Post Maine
Moose at Kittery Trading Post

The Kittery Trading Post has just about everything you could possibly want or need to enjoy the great outdoors. From hiking, fishing, kayaking gear to shoes, hats and backpacking gear, this place has it all. Even if you don’t need any gear, it’s a fun stop on your way to Acadia National Park.

Rocky Coast of Maine – Bald Head

From Kittery, Maine make your way to Bald Head Cliff via Coastal Route 1. Stop in at Cliff House Maine for breathtaking views of Maine’s rocky coastline. Make this a stop on the way to the popular beach town Ogunquit and go for a walk on Marginal Way, a paved path known for incredible views.

Maine’s Potato Donut – Scarborough

The Holy Donut chocolate sea salt
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Donut at The Holy Donut

A road trip would not be complete without a few tasty food stops along the way. From Ogunquit make your way to The Holy Donut in Scarborough where the donuts are made with Maine potatoes. Joe’s holding the dark chocolate with sea salt, one of the most popular offerings. Note: gluten free donuts are available, but sell out fast.

Best Bakery in Maine – South Portland

Scratch Baking Co Portland
Artisan Bread at Scratch Baking Company

From Scarborough make your way to Scratch Baking Company in South Portland. We especially enjoyed the sea salt snacker and the baguette, but I have a feeling everything they make is delicious. The bagels are so popular they have a limit on the number of bagels each customer can purchase at a time.

Maine’s First Capital – Portland

From South Portland make your way to Portland, the first capital of Maine. This charming city on the coast has quite the history. Established in the 1600s as a trading and fishing settlement, Portland has been renamed quite a few times throughout its history. Old Port is a good starting place where you can walk the cobblestone streets and explore the eclectic shops.

Acadia National Park

From Portland, make your way to Acadia National Park. Start at Hulls Cove Visitor Center where you can get trail maps, see program schedules and talk to the rangers. To get a good feel of the park, head out on the 27 mile scenic drive on Park Loop. Give yourself the whole day to explore as there are many overlooks and trails along the way. Below are some of our favorite activities.

Ocean Path Trail

This fairly level trail is over 3 miles round trip and an easy walk with beautiful views of Maine’s rocky coast. Start at Sand Beach and make your way to Otter Point with a stop at Thunder Hole.

Jordan Pond Trail

Jordan Pond is one of the most popular trails and most photographed areas in Acadia National Park. The 3 mile trail around the shore offers stunning views of the mountains. Make sure to have your bug repelling gear on as they’re out in full force on this trail. You can find all the gear we love and use over at our store.

The Original Bug Shirt at Jordon Pond Acadia National Park
Repelling Mosquitos at Jordan Pond

Cadillac Mountain

Either hike or drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain to see the panoramic views. I recommend staying for the sunset or arriving early to catch the sunrise. You can see the sunset time-lapse we captured in our video at the beginning of this post.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

A worthwhile detour from Park Loop scenic drive is the lighthouse at Bass Harbor Head. Built in 1858, the light at Bass Harbor is red and darkens every four seconds.

Camping at Acadia National Park

There are several campgrounds to choose from inside the park. We took a tour of Seawall, a wooded campground with several loops for tent and RV camping. While there are no hookups or showers at the campground, each site has a picnic table and fire ring. You can pay for showers at a convenience store not too far from the campground entrance.

Blueberries & Lobsters – Bar Harbor

From Acadia National Park make your way to Bar Harbor, one of the most well known vacation spots in Maine. In case you don’t know, a lot of blueberries are grown in Maine and you’ll find all things blueberry in Bar Harbor. Go on a complimentary tour and tasting at Atlantic Brewing to sample their blueberry ale. If you’re hungry for lobster, check out the Downeast lobster experience complete with blueberry pie.

Easternmost Point – Lubec

Easternmost Point US Lubec
Easternmost Point in U.S. Lubec, Maine

From Bar Harbor head to Lubec and make West Quoddy Head Lighthouse the final stop on your Maine road trip. Be the first person to see the sunrise in the contiguous United States from here.

Bonus Food Stop: for all you mustard fans, Raye’s Mustard Mill in Eastport is about an hour drive from Lubec. The classic mustard gets two thumbs up from Joe.

Where to Camp in Maine

Acadia National Park Camping Narrows Too

We stayed at Narrows Too Camping Resort in Trenton, Maine and Moody Beach RV Campground in Wells, Maine. Below are some more options.

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33 thoughts on “Lobsters, Donuts & Epic Views – Maine Road Trip to Acadia National Park”

  1. Thanks so much for all these great recommendations! I’m not sure how many of the smaller businesses survived the Covid-19 downturn and lack of business… but will do my research before we head out. Thanks again, and happy trails!

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  2. Hi, I live less than a mile from Bass Harbor Head Light, and was born and raised here. I’ve lived here all my life except my time in the military, but then returned home and stayed to raise a family. I just watched your video a few minutes ago and wanted to clue you in on something. The Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park does not have showers, but the camp store less than a mile away does. Also, if you pick a campsite that is a bit open to the breeze and sunshine the bugs won’t bother you until after dark, and if you start a campfire with a little smoke, they won’t bother you much even then.
    If you did want to camp down there and don’t like public showers, find me on facebook and drop me a message and I’ll give you a tour and a real lobster cookout, and you can use our shower anytime. My wife is a preschool teacher, and I used to be a Police Officer, advanced life support EMT, and Commercial Diver. These days I ride my motorcycle and play with my German Shepard and do some hiking.
    My wife is Pam and I am Dan Reed, and we are on facebook if you’d like some new friends. I liked your video.
    Dan Reed

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  3. Kait,

    So Acadia is your favorite NP too! we spent a month just outside Acadia last summer and a month seeing the rest of the state. Can’t wait to go back!

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  4. Hi
    I just left Moody Beach RV Resort where my two wiener dogs, Spirit and Sage, and I spent two weeks.
    We are now at Barrington Shores Campground.
    Come and join us!

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  5. Just started to watch your adventures,wife an I both love them.about the drone consers,unless your over a 1/2 pound there is no restrictions on them,just keep out of backyards an away from people.if your ever in Napa,ca.i have a drivway you can surf,and a drone you have.safe travels. Bill and Joan Wayne.

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  6. We are going on a cruise mid September- stopping in Bar Harbor. I am hoping you could answer some questions for me please!
    1) This is the big one-I am terrified of Mountain Roads with cliffs (after an incident in the smokey mountains) Are there those kind of roads in Acadia National Park?
    2) Are the bugs bad in mid September?
    3) We are retired so not interested in hiking lol
    Thank you so much for any answers you can give me!

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    • The only cliff road we recall is the one up to Cadillac mountain. Otherwise you should be good. Can’t speak to the bugs in September but maybe try calling the ranger office to ask. If anyone knows, they will.

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  7. You always paint a rosey picture of van life. Have you ever had the Hymer breakdown on any of your trips?

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  8. Fairly new subscriber here who loves your videos! The question I have is how difficult is it to schedule/keep regular appointments…dentist, haircuts etc? Do you always go to a new dentist, barber etc?

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    • Hey Jon! We find new places to take care of those things as we travel and it’s fairly easy to keep appointments when we plan in advance. Haircut appointments are the easiest for us since Joe is our barber 🙂

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  9. We met you guys at Atlantic- Midtown (downtown Bar Harbor). We left you with one of your biggest fans, and probably one of the most hilarious people I have ever met, Bob. It was lovely meeting both of you and watching your video! We loved camping in Seawall, you guys should check it out next time you guys are in that area. We hope you can make your way to Western MA sometime, we have some beautiful places worth checking out. Safe travels!

    Kye and Blake

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  10. Please do an episode about the bug shirt Kait wore in this episode and the bug abatement stuff you use. The chemical mentioned wasn’t familiar to me.

    Been years since I was camping, but starting van life soon as I finish my van so would appreciate advice— hate bugs!

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  11. Love your videos… As an avid coffee drinker I wonder Joe, if you purchase coffee what is your favorite brand?

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  12. Life-time Mainer here, Lubec is just about my favorite place on Earth. Not as dramatic as Acadia, but beautiful in its own way.

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  13. I’ve been following your youtube channel for over a year – and I just happen to be camping in Arcadia!! We’ll be here until the 14th of June, preparing to go into the Canadian Maritimes – any chance you would have time to share some coffee with a fan? We roast our own coffee 🙂

    Richard & Lisa

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    • Hey Lisa and Richard. With the amount of time it takes to shot and edit each week’s video we are already in a new spot by the time it goes live. Hope you have a great time in Acadia!

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      • Thought so! Forgive me my misspelled Acadia, how embarrassing is that! I get the editing time – I’m currently attempting to set up a channel for healthy cooking, nutrition & food supply. The Russo’s channel was instrumental in encouraging us to get fulltime ourselves. A big thanx!!! We are still less than a year in and trying to pull it all together.

        Your journey with Leo was particularly touching as we have an older dog who is suffering from issues that vets can’t diagnose – so I’ve also become a nutritional home-prepared pet food chef as well.

        Happy travels and perhaps we will cross paths sometime!

        Richard & Lisa

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