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New Bruns & NS in Aug 2012

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New Bruns & NS in Aug 2012

We have never been to this area and are anxious for some tried and true advise. We have recently retired and have about 4 weeks +/-. We plan on driving from St. Louis north into Canada via Maine...crazy long time to spend in a car, but looking forward to it...I think. We are planning on going from the New York City area, up the coast as much as possible, and into Maine. Can you suggest some interesting spots in Maine, and then on to the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia area? We were planning on also going to Newfoundland. Also, we would like to bring our bikes along...any trails that are maybe about 100 miles and not too hilly? Our interests are out of the way spots, fishing villages, some easy hiking, perhaps rafting or kayaking.....This is a "tall" request...hope you can help us out. Thanks, Judi and Mike

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Will confine my comments to the Maine segment of your trip -- really don't know the other segments as well as folks in those states or provinces....

Coming into Maine, be sure to stop at The Nubble lighthouse in York, ME (Google it for pics and driving directions). You might also enjoy the villages of Ogunquit and Kennebunkport in southern Maine, although both are very popular tourist destinations in August and can get a bit crowded at times.

Would definitely plan to spend at least one night (plus parts of the day before and day after -- or two nights with a full day in between) in Portland, Maine -- to see the restored Old Port District (great restaurants, fun shops etc), visit Portland Head Light lighthouse, maybe ride a Casco Bay Lines ferry to one of the Bay islands, and check out The Eastern Trail bikeway through southern Maine. North of Portland, popular stopping places include a visit to the flagship store of outdoor-wear and sporting goods giant L.L. Bean in Freeport; the Kennebec River town of Bath; the villages of Wiscasset and Damariscotta; and a side trip down Rt 27 to the Boothbay Harbor Region.

Still further north on Rt 1, there's the Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Owl's Head (just south of Rockland); the Rockland breakwater and lighthouse; the village of Camden/Camden Harbor/and the Mt Battie Auto Road in Camden Hills State Park, and, just south of Bucksport, Maine, the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory. When you get to Ellsworth, ME, the side trip down Rt 3 to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park is definitely worth the trip -- would allow 2-3 days there at minimum.... some great bike riding on the carriage trails of Acadia National Park (no motorized vehicles allowed) and scenery unduplicated anywhere else on the Atlantic seaboard. East of Ellsworth, the short side trip to the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park is definitely worthwhile. Still further downeast, the side trip to the village of Lubec willl also offer an opportunity to visit Campobello Island (Canada) and the summer home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (easy to do since you'll already have your passports with you for the Canadian portion of your trip).

A few general notes to remember: 1) Most of the attractions and locations noted above can be Googled separately for more information; 2) while US Rt 1 parallels the Maine coast, it's not truly a coastal highway in the sense that you have mile-after-mile of ocean views...much of the Maine coastline is a series of peninsulas and Rt 1 runs across the inland end of the peninsulas, meaning some of the classic coastal villages and best coastal views are actually on the state numbered routes or local roads serving those peninsulas; 3) once you get east of Ellsworth, coastal Maine gets increasingly rural with fewer tourists and tourist services, with Machias and Calais really the only places of any size, and 4) August is "prime time" for coastal tourism in Maine and many of the most popular overnight lodging spots fill up fast -- it's not too early to start making reservations as soon as you know where you want to overnight....

That should get the discussion started ... as you develop specific questions about communities, attractions etc, feel free to ask away.

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