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Old 07-27-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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2 Week Maine Vacation

I am planning on pulling our travel trailer 1100mi next year out to Maine. We plan on 18 days including travel. Plan is for 2 days out and 2 days back with 14days in Maine. We were looking at the different things to do. We will have two kids, ages 3 and 13. We found some different camp sites. One that looks good is the KOA in Augusta/Gardiner Maine. It seems centrally located. Bar Harbor is 2.5hours away and Portland is 1hr. Any one that has camped out in Maine before have any suggestions. Our other option is two split the trip and do one week at one campground and then move to another are. Thanks.

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Old 07-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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I have not camped in Maine but I've been there many times. I always say split it up if there is time, so you can experience new stuff. Secondly, Bar Harbor and Acadia are amazing. Portland is a very nice city if you are looking for something more urban. The one place I haven't been but want to go would be Baxter State Park. I've flown over it and I've heard all about it. Looks gorgeous. One of these years I am going to bring my trailer there as well.

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I would split it between Bar Harbor and another CG. Maybe in Portsmouth.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:08 PM   #4
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I would split it between Bar Harbor and another CG. Maybe in Portsmouth.
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I am originally from Cape Cod. Spent a lot of time in Maine. As a kid, a friend of mine would invite me during the summer to join them camping up in the Richardson lake region at a CG called South Arm Campground. Great memories. You will have fun. If you are going to be over on the coast, if you can find a place that does a traditional Clambake on the beach, I HIGHLY recommend it. You'll never forget it.

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Old 07-27-2014, 05:18 PM   #6
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We went on cruise several years back to bar harbour area we went whale watching and acadias cadddilac mountain were very nice to see .good luck, very beautiful area !
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I agree, I would suggest spending a week in Bar Harbor and a week in another location. I grew up in the Bar Harbor area...there are many fantastic campgrounds in that region. There is a waterfront KOA campground just as you enter Mt Desert Island, where Bar Harbor is located. There's another campground in the same vicinity called The Narrows. Beautiful waterfront sites and an easy drive to Bar Harbor and other points of interest on the island. There is another more central campground (I think called "Mt Desert Campground") and that is located on Somes Sound and very picturesque. If you are open to spending some of the two weeks in New Hampshire, there are many great campgrounds in/around the White Mountains region and places your kids might enjoy - Santa's Village, Storyland (both amusement parks for young children) and Whale's Tale (a water park)
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We visited Maine many times over the last 10+ years (camping/B&B inns). Acadia National Park on Mt Desert Island is a must do. Excellent for biking, hiking and kayaking. Bar Harbor is nice to visit. It is very dog friendly. We have an 85# Golden Retriever and was welcomed into shops and outside restaurants. There is an ice cream store that serves a "yellow dog" sunday which comes with a dog biscuit on top.

On a side note, we just got back from Boothbay Harbor (Shore Hills Campground which was excellent) where we were allowed to bring our dog on a 2 1/2 hour boat ride to see the Puffins.

Back to Mt Desert Island, you can get lobsters from the local lobsterman for an excellent price. We had lobsters most nights. You want to see Cadillac Mountain (especially at sunrise and sunset), Sand Beach (for swimming and there is a nice path to follow along the water starting there) and a drive around the entire island for its beautiful scenery. In my opinion, if you are not going for the biking/hiking a week is plenty of time.

I would also recommend a visit to the beach area of Maine, any where from Portland down to York Harbor. On our trip to Maine two weeks ago, we also stayed at Old Orchard Beach Campground. Nice CG, recently updated and was very clean. The beach is about 2 miles away. We also found a dog friendly beach (Ferry Beach in Saco) not far from the CG where the dog was allowed on all day.

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We stayed at Bunganut lake last August and loved it we hope to be returning next year now that we have a reason to go! From Richmond va we figured 180 in tolls so we stayed off of 95 all together! One thing to keep in mind national and state parks up there have no hook ups so be sure to have solar or generator and definetly a waste tote!
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I just spoke to a guy from Maine for a while. He highly recommended Camden. Not sure if that spelling is correct. He said it's less busy than Bar Harbor and less touristy. It's a coastal town with lots of great hikes and apparently a castle and mountains.

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