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Amazing view of Maine

This was the stop prior to going into Fort Kent for us - you can do it any way you desire. The... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Joe G
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Stop, savour, enjoy

Just passing through, we weren't really aware of the bridge and then it comes up on you in all it's... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

This was the stop prior to going into Fort Kent for us - you can do it any way you desire. The view is spectacular and the elevator to the top is a quick ride.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joe G
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Just passing through, we weren't really aware of the bridge and then it comes up on you in all it's glory. Well worth pulling over and just standing and take in the lovely setting. The bridge, the river, the colour. Awesome.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Took our breath away, sighting this bridge, and we were compelled to stop for a while. The weather and the colour of the trees made it even more visually striking. Loved it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

There are apparently only 4 bridges in the world with an observatory and the other 3 are in China, Thailand, and Slovakia. Its sweeping design with a center towers supporting what appears to be a single row of tension cables. Dramatic in appearance it spans...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Popped into prospect from where we were staying just over on Verona island. The set up into the bridge observation tower & the original fort know was really easy & efficient. Drove down to the observation point first, the elevator was quick & your sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

This is not to be missed. The observatory has a wonderful 360 degree view. We were fortunate enough to be there in the fall and the color of the trees was beautiful. The people who run the elevator to the top are welcoming. Check out...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

An architectural gem with the worlds tallest viewing platform.The location and setting are remarkable and serve a valuable transportation function.Don't miss Ft.Knox next door.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Driving across is impressive, going to the top is inspiring! Wonderful views in all directions! I wonder what it is like during a snow storm or thunderstorm!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LastSecondTraveller
Reviewed October 27, 2018

It's close to Fort Knox just walk and go on top of a pilar bridge! A panorama 360 ° is waiting for you .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank alainp559
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely stunning view and the bridge is a piece of art especially at night. Hidden gem and close to Bangor

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dominic B
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Bar Harbor, Maine
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory (4 Replies)
Yesterday we drove to the new bridge and observatory---about an hour's drive from MDI on Rtes. 1 & 3. We were impressed with the area. The west tower venue---the access to the observatory elevator--- is very well designed. It was a beautiful day, which probably helped---clear, mild temperatures, and a refreshing breeze coming up the Penobscot River from the bay. The access to the observatory (440 feet up) is via Fort Knox park. The park entrance is on Rte. 174, about a quarter of a...More
July 14, 2007|
Response fromMicheleS|
Ditto. I've been twice, and thought it was great. A real bargain at $5 per head.
Norman, Oklahoma
Itinerary help (12 Replies)
(Sorry this is long) I was wanting to see what some experts thought of this itinerary. It is from Aug 23-Sep 2. Sep 1 is Labor Day. It is me and my wife only. Some of itinerary is just copied from a recommendation from one of the Maine Forums posters. One question I had is if you thought we should leave for Boston on Sunday instead of Monday. Basically is an extra day in Acadia or Boston better? Would the 1 full day and two half days be enough to hit the highlights of Boston. (Not big on...More
May 12, 2014|
Response fromRemay28|
Looks good but I like your idea about driving from Maine to Boston on the Sunday instead of the holiday. Labor Day Monday is probably the worst day to do that drive! I would also advise on getting an EZ pass - many tolls from Boston to Acadia, it will make your ride a lot easier if you have the EZ pass. I assume you will pick up your rental car after you initial 2 days in Boston? No need for a car if you are staying in Downtown Boston. On your return trip to Boston, you might want to stay...More
Bar Harbor, Maine
Work on Penobscot Narrows Bridge (0 Replies)
From Maine DOT: Work to Begin on Penobscot Narrows Bridge 04/20/2017 04:04 PM EDT Prospect - The Penobscot Narrows Bridge, connecting Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River, will have new pavement and waterproofing membrane installed between April 24 and June 6. From April 24 to April 30, a single shoulder will be closed on the bridge. Between May 1 and May 19 traffic over the bridge will be reduced down to one lane of alternating traffic controlled by flaggers. Drivers...More
April 21, 2017|