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Acadia National Park Adventure Portland, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park

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Highlights of Maine

Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River, has drawn people to the rugged coast of Maine since the land was donated to the public in 1916. Awed by its beauty and diversity, visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or to simply enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Acadia National Park, which preserves much of Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, is one of the most historic and beautiful parks in the United States. Explore the best of the Maine coast along your journey from Portland to Acadia. Spend your days experiencing the natural wonders of the park, your evenings exploring the museums and nightlife of Bar Harbor and your nights sleeping under a multitude of stars.

Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Portland, Maine, visit historic Cape Elizabeth lighthouse
Day 2: Drive to Bar Harbor, Sunset Cruise
Day 3: Full Day Tour, Acadia National Park
Day 4: Sunrise Hike, Half Day Tour or Bike Tour, Acadia National Park
Day 5: Return to Portland, departure
We'll work with you to create your custom schedule.

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Here’s what you need


Essential Items
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Day pack
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (2L capacity)
  • Toiletries
Recommended Items
  • Bathing suit
  • Bug spray
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks
  • Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
  • Fleece or heavy mid-layer for cool mornings and evenings
  • Waterproof, windproof shell jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothes for cool evenings

What's Included

  • SUV rental for duration of trip
  • Accommodations
    • Select meals
    • Sunset windjammer cruise
    • Private, medically trained guide for parks tours
    • Private vehicle for private tours
    • Refreshments in tour vehicles
    • Park entry fees
    • Support available 24/7 via emergency line
Not Included
  • Gratuities


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.


You'll spend your evenings in luxury hotels. We use properties like the Press Hotel, Balance Rock Inn, Asticou Inn, or similar.


Previous hiking or experience is recommended but is not required for this trip as long as you have a basic level of fitness and are used to being active on a regular basis. To prepare for this trip, we recommend taking hikes rated easy to moderate or going for long walks two or three times a week.