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Maine a.k.a. the Pine Tree State is not only known for delicious lobsters, but it’s also known for its lighthouses, beautiful nature areas, and rocky coastline. Taking a road trip along the coastline of Maine may be one of the best ways to explore the beauty and diversity of the state. In this post, I’ll share the Maine road trip we took in our camper and some of our favorite spots along the way.
Maine Road Trip Highlights
Below are some of the highlights from our two week Maine road trip starting in Kittery and ending in Lubec. I hope you enjoy exploring Maine as much as we did.
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1. Kittery Trading Post – Kittery
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 road trip through Maine.
2. Rocky Coastline of Maine – Bald Head
From Kittery, Maine make your way to Bald Head Cliff via Coastal Route 1. Stop 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.
3. Potato Donut – Scarborough
A Maine 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 donuts. Gluten free and vegan donut options are also available here.
4. Best Bakery in Maine – South Portland
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.
5. 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.
6. 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. Check out our Acadia National Park Guide.
7. 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. Book a 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. Alternatively, you can stop by a local seafood shop or grocery store to see what live lobsters they have for sale. Some of the stores will even cook the lobster for you for free. The grocery store we purchased steamed the lobster for us and we ate it in our camper with butter and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
8. Easternmost Point – Lubec
From Bar Harbor head to Lubec, Maine 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 Museum in Eastport is less than an hour drive from Lubec. The shop offers a wide selection of mustards including the Summer Harvest made with whole mustard seeds and Maine’s wild blueberries. The classic mustard gets two thumbs up from Joe.
Where to Camp in Maine
During our two week road trip around Maine, we spent the majority of our time at a camping resort in Trenton, Maine and an RV campground in Wells, Maine. Below are some more camping options around Maine.
Thanks for reading and have fun on your Maine road trip!