12 days in Acadia National Park & Portland Itinerary

12 days in Acadia National Park & Portland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Maine trip itinerary planner

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Acadia National Park
— 5 nights
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Portland
— 6 nights
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Acadia National Park

— 5 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Get in touch with nature at Sand Beach and Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Carriage Roads and Bubble Rock. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Otter Cliff, hike along Great Head Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Heart of Acadia Loop, and kick back and relax at Echo Lake Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Acadia National Park journey planner.

Washington to Acadia National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in August: high temperatures in Acadia National Park hover around 75°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Portland

— 6 nights

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
Relax by the water at Casco Bay and Higgins Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Victoria Mansion and Maine Jewish Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to PANACHE FINE JEWELRY AND ART GALLERY (in Ogunquit), Wells Reserve at Laudholm (in Wells) and Ocean Ave (in Kennebunkport). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Mackworth Island, kick back and relax at Pine Point Beach, grab your bike and head to Eastern Promenade Trail, and visit a coastal fixture at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.

Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Acadia National Park to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips