Maine’s Acadia National Park Tour

Enjoy 'Vacationland' by bike and hike

Waves crashing on rocky shores, lobster boats bobbing in the harbor and spectacular views of bays and inlets dotted with islands are just a few of the many sights you'll enjoy on our Maine: Acadia National Park Tour. Add scenic cycling on coastal roads and wonderfully car-free trails and you'll understand why they call Maine "Vacationland". You'll also have plenty of time to relax at the area's finest accommodations and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh, local fare.

Itinerary

Day 1: A Taste of Acadia (Biking: 11 miles, Hiking: 2.5 miles)
We'll meet in Bangor and shuttle you one hour to the charming seaside village of Bar Harbor, where your guides will fit you to your rental bike and get you oriented and ready for you first ride. We'll head out for a short spin on Acadia's famed Carriage Road trail system before stopping at the visitor center to enjoy a short orientation video for the park. After lunch we'll hike up Acadia Mountain enjoying panoramic views of Somes Sound. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner at one of Bar Harbor's best restaurants, where you'll have the chance to sample the freshest seafood! Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Biking Acadia Carriage Roads‍ (26 miles)
Following breakfast, we'll pedal our way back to Acadia to explore more of the Carriage Roads. A gift of philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller Jr., the 45 miles of rustic carriage roads weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia, providing car-free trails on which to explore the heart of Mount Desert Island. We'll stop for lunch at the Jordan Pond house where you'll have the chance to try one of their famous popovers. In the afternoon, you have the option to hike to Bar Island, a unique trail that is only accessible during low tide. Tonight we will dine together at one of the many great restaurants in the area. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Kayaking the Western Side of Acadia (5 miles)
Today we'll enjoy a serene and scenic paddle on the less traveled western side of Mount Desert Island. Where we'll paddle depends on the weather conditions. We could do an out-and-back or a one-way point-to-point paddle, but the goal is to have the wind at our backs for a more enjoyable trip. The Westside has less development and less boat traffic which translates to better wildlife sightings. After our paddle we'll head back to Bar Harbor where you'll have some free time. This evening another delicious dinner awaits. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor (25 or 53 miles)
Today's ride follows the coastline of Mt Desert Island, dipping in and out around small inlets and the fjord-like Somes Sound. We'll pass through several small harbor towns and fishing villages offering the chance to explore boutique shops, art galleries and eateries. You may like to wander the meandering paths through the Asticou Azalea Garden or enjoy a lobster roll or steaming bowl of "chowdah" in Southwest Harbor before arriving at the much photographed Bass Harbor Light. From here you may cycle or shuttle back to Bar Harbor where dinner is on your own tonight. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Cadillac Mountain & Park Loop Road (21 miles)
You'll begin the final day with the option to enjoy sunrise at the top of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,532-feet it's the highest point along the Atlantic coast and known for being the first place to see the sunrise in the United States. The spectacular display of pink and orange hues reflecting off the island-speckled bay is well worth the early morning trek. We will then set out on the scenic Park Loop Road which offers stunning vistas overlooking Frenchman's Bay and access to many famous Acadia sites along the way. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Depart for Bangor
After breakfast we shuttle you back to Bangor‍‍. Meals included: Breakfast

Lodging

W‍e‍st Street Hotel- 5 nights
Offering authentic 'Down East' hospitality from Bar Harbor's downtown waterfront, the West Street Hotel has made a name for itself as one of the premier Bar Harbor, Maine hotels. Our nautical-styled accommodations reflect the hotel's relaxed, coastal setting, complete with Lexington Tommy Bahama Mahogany furnishings as well as stunning views of the harbor in Frenchman's Bay and the ocean beyond. During your stay, you'll also encounter exceptional amenities including Maine's only rooftop swimming pool*, live entertainment and delectable dining options from the Irish-inspired pub fare at Paddy's to authentic New England lobster bakes at Stewman's Lobster Pound.

Pricing & Inclusions

Trip Price Includes:‍‍
  • Lodging as outlined in lodging section above based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in itinerary above
  • Non-optional activities as outlined in itinerary above
  • Ride-friendly snacks and beverages throughout each day
  • Hybrid or alloy road bike rental – carbon road bike or E-bike available for an upgrade fee
  • Services of professional trip leader(s)
  • Van support during the trip & porterage service
  • Black Sheep Adventures reusable water bottle, wool (baaaah) socks & luggage tags
Trip Price Excludes:
  • Pre & post tour travel
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities such as spa treatments
  • Gratuities for your BSA guides

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