We've known for a while Maine was calling our name. I spent two weeks in northern Maine one high school summer and the wild coastline, copy-pasted lighthouses, and thick forests of oak and maple don't leave your memory easily.

So, in May 2021 we started planning - tentatively an Ireland trip, but more realistically a Maine adventure - and for 10 days early September we road tripped in New England's largest state. If you're planning a trip to Maine and are looking for a travel guide, I'll be posting that later this month along with a few reviews of places we stayed and the things we learned. What you'll find in this post is a pictorial journey of our itinerary with some footnotes along the way.

Travel with us from New Hampshire to Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport to Camden and get inspired to start planning your own Maine road trip.

"I would rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else. - E.B. White"

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Kennebunkport/Cape Porpoise

where we stayed: AWOL Kennebunkport - amazing location and walkable to downtown

highlights: Ocean Drive, downtown Kennebunkport , Cape Porpoise, Goose Rocks Beach

restaurant highlight: Chez Rosa - one of our favorite meals of the trip

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Bar Habor & Acadia National Park

where we stayed: Under Canvas Acadia

highlights: Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

restaurant highlight: Beals Lobster Pound

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Camden/ Rockland

where we stayed: 250 Main Hotel

trip highlights: exploring Camden and Rockland downtown, Rockland farmers market, Camden Hills State Park

restaurant recommendation: Primo

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where we stayed: The Francis

highlights: Portland Head Light, Fort Williams State Park, Portland Dry Goods, Ember Maine

restaurant recommendation: Pai Pen Miyake (ramen)