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8 day itinerary - please comment

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8 day itinerary - please comment

We are a family of 4 with college age kids who enjoy nature, long walks, wildlife, and famous lighthouses of Maine. We will be in the area Sep 1-8. Any advice greatly appreciated

So far following is the plan:

day 1: arrive Portland airport in the morning, rent car, drive coastal road to Camden - hike Mt Beattie, drive to Trenton for lumberjack show at 7 PM. overnight Trenton/Ellsworth

Q: which lighthouses worth visit on this section? is lumberjack show mainly geared to young children?

day 2: drive to Greenville,Moose safari in the evening - overnight greenville

Q any reco about moose safari? should it be boat or land?

day 3: Mt Kineo mossehead lake hike 1/2 day, overnight greenville

Q: any reco about what else is interesting in the area? best place and time to view mt katahdin?

day 4: drive to SW harbor, travel look rood overnight SW harbor

Q: worth seeing along the way?

day 5: Jordan pond hike and another (which one?) overnight SW harbor

Q should we use the island explorer? Is parking available at shuttle bus stops?

day 6: nature boat ride from bar harbor and another 1/2 day hike overnight SW harbor

Q: reco on which boat trip at this time of year, Is the one going into Somes fjord more scenic? reco another short scenic hike

day 7: Schoodic peninsula in the morning, Fort knox in the afternoon overnight SW harbor

day 8: drive to Portland airport for 2:30 PM flight back

Q: anything worthwhile on the way back?

Any reco about best family restaurants to enjoy lobster or any other seafood in the area?

Thank you so much in adavance for all your help

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21. Re: 8 day itinerary - please comment

Agree with Marti that the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory (just off US Rt 1 just south of Bucksport) would be a good stop, but am quite sure that access to the observation deck (built into the top of a suspension bridge tower) is available only via high-speed elevator... only stairs available to the public are the ones between the two levels of the observation deck (there is also a second elevator between the two levels for those unable to climb the staircase). The stairs between the ground level and observation deck were designed only for emergency evacuation of the observation decks and for emergency services personnel to use in case of emergency, not for day-to-day use by those going up to the observatory.

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22. Re: 8 day itinerary - please comment

Thanks to all the excellent suggestions, we have noe reworked our itinerary:

Day 1 land at 9:30 AM, pick up rental car, Portalns head light, drive to moxie falls, overnight greenville

Q: Is the drive to moxie falls scenic? if not any alternative scenic route to greenville?

day 2: Mt kineo hike in the morning, evening moose safariQ

Q: any other interesting places to visit in the afternoon?

day 3: drive to schoodic point, drive the schoodic road and short hikes

overnight bar harbor

Q: any scenic spots or wild life viewing along the way from greenville?

day 4: sunrise on cadillac mtn, ocean trail after breakfast, boat trip, gorham mt , loop road, sunset cadillac

overnight bar harbor

Q: which boat trip- somes sound or NP or lighthouse?

day 5: some more hikes in the park, thuya and asticou gardens, sunset

overnight SW harbor

day 6: indian point, some more hikes in SW harbor area overnight SW harbor

Q which are recommended hikes in bar harbor or SW harbor area? or should we drive around other small villages?

day 7: Fort knox and Penboscot observatory, Mt battie in the afternoon

overnight Rockport

Q any other scnic areas or lighthouses along the way or close by?

day 8: pemaquid lighthouse, to airport for 2:30 PM flight

Q: which other lighthouses along the way?

general Q: all suggestions welcome

also which lighthouses are rnot to be missed?

suggestions for maine food along the way?

Thanks all

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23. Re: 8 day itinerary - please comment

On your way to or from Portland, stop and see Nubble Light. It is on an island just off the coast and accessible only by a small team. Not open to the public but it is quite beautiful. You can sit on the shore and eat lobster from the pound there or have some ice cream treats.

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