When Mo and I found out we would be in New England for the fall, we both agreed we absolutely had to take a road trip up the coast of Maine to take full advantage of the peak season. We’d been looking forward to this trip for months and had an absolutely amazing time. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I picked the best 100 pictures from the trip to tell about our trip. To put things a into perspective before you dive into the pictures, take a look at this map that shows you all the places we went!
A summary of our road trip:
Portsmouth, NH- We briefly stopped at this cute, historic town for lunch and to stretch our legs.
Nubble Lighthouse in York, ME- Before arriving in Portland, we also stopped at the “most photographed lighthouse in New England”… you can see why it’s called that!
Portland, ME- Arrived at Portland to stay the night in an old armory hotel. It was getting late when we arrived so we walked around the downtown Portland area to pick a place for dessert and dinner. Yes, in that order. We stayed the next night in Portland as well and got to explore the city more, do some shopping and have my first lobster-eating experience at the Portland Lobster Co. We visited another popular lighthouse attraction in Cape Elizabeth called “Two Lights State Park,” named after the two lighthouses right next to each other. We worked up quite an appetite and had a snack at Holy Donut before our big “lobstah dinnah.”
Camden State Park, ME- We stopped here on the way to Acadia National Park to climb Mount Megunticook. The view from the top was like nothing we had ever seen before!
Acadia National Park, ME- We stayed 2 nights at a campground right outside Acadia National Park. We arrived at night and realized that there was a cemetery right next to our cabin so needless to say we were a little creeped out! We quickly made a fire and s’mores, which focused our attention away from the cemetery! We woke up before the sunrise the next morning to hike up Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the Atlantic coast, and the first place in the United States to see the sunrise each day. It was a little over 2 miles and pretty scary to be hiking in the dark in the mountains (especially when we heard a grrowwwl), but completely worth it. The sunrise was beautiful! We ate at the Jordan Pond House, went to see Thunder Hole and went back to our cabin to make dinner and watch the sunset. Mo built a great fire and of course we made more s’mores! On our last morning in Acadia, we went to the Wild Gardens and hiked the Beehive Trail. This trail was rated difficult because parts of it are climbing up metal rungs built into the mountain- don’t look down!
Bar Harbor, ME- We got to enjoy this cute town for one night and hear the ocean right outside of our hotel room. We shopped until we dropped and got ice cream to give us the energy needed to drive to our last stop, North Conway, NH.
North Conway, NH- We loved this small town in the White Mountains. We were pretty worn out by now and since it rained both days we were here, we took advantage of it and relaxed! We drove up Mount Washington, the highest summit on the East coast at 6,289 feet. Once our car made it to the top of Mount Washington we were literally in the clouds. The temperature dropped 25 degrees and the wind picked up to 56mph! We also did our last hike up the Black Cap Mountain the day before we left.
Enjoy these pictures from our trip, click on one to enlarge and scroll through them! It was such a fun time, filled with exploring and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. We were so thankful we had an opportunity to do this and would love to do it again one day!