5 days road tripping around the coast of Maine during fall foliage.
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North America4 days / September 2020
Highs & Lows
Fresh Lobster from a woman owned restaurant on the water.
We ended up being a little too early for peak fall foliage.
My friend and I decided to drive from NYC to Maine for 5 days in search of some lobster, lighthouses, and fall foliage. We left from Brooklyn very early in the morning to beat traffic and it only took us about 6 hours to reach Portland, ME. Portland is not a huge airport but is the largest one in the state so if you are planning to fly in, that will be your best option. For us it was cheaper to drive from NY with my own car. Another option to help cut down on costs would be to fly in and out of Boston and rent a car from there. Since Boston is a much bigger airport theres a chance you will find better flight and rental car deals.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We did not get to stop at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ME and I really regret that. We had heard such good things and when we drove by the line was around the block. Next time we will make sure we stop there. I also would have added more time on our way back to be able to stop freely like we did on our way up.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Bar Harbor is not a huge town. During peak season it can get pretty crowded in the restaurants. I'd recommend making reservations whenever possible. Sometimes we were ordering food to-go because there were was a long wait, then sitting and waiting for the order because it was too cold outside at night.
What tips would you give a friend?
Get to Acadia National Park early! There will be less crowds and better parking. It might be colder in the morning but wear layers and go take a nap in the late afternoon when others are just getting to the park.
Layer layer layer! Fall time is unique in New England because things can start off super chilly in the morning and by noon you are sweating buckets. Especially if you are planning any hikes, make sure you have good layering options.
People were very nice, friendly, and even in the more rural areas we still felt safe the entire time. As being two young women (one American, one Filipina) we are always on guard with our safety and aware of our surroundings. We felt very safe the whole trip and had no issues which isn't always the case when you're in more rural and secluded areas.