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Maine Anniversary Trip

Maine Anniversary Trip

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Trip Plan Tags: 
food,
hiking + trekking,
outdoors + nature,
romantic
Destinations: 
Acadia National Park,
Maine,
North America,
United States

It'll be 4 years for my boyfriend and I in July, we've always wanted to go to the Maine Lobster fest and I've always wanted to visit Acadia National Park. We'll be spending a week in Maine, 3 days camping in Acadia and 3 nights at a bed and breakfast in Camden, ME. Right next to Rockport, which is where Lobster fest is held every year.

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Seafood Celebrations in Maine

Sure, Maine's official nickname is the Pine Tree State, but it could be the "Land O' Lobster": 90 percent of these American crustaceans are caught in Maine. And all spring and summer long, there are parties for the prickly little fellows and their undersea buddies. The Fisherman's Festival in Boothbay Harbor kicks off the seafood-festival season in April with the Miss Shrimp Princess pageant, a lobster crate race, and enough fried seafood to sink the Gorton's guy (207-633-2353). You'll also dig the Yarmouth Clam Festival, which starts the third Friday in July just north of Portland (207-846-3984; www.clamfestival.com) and go crackers for the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland at the beginning of August (207-596-0376; www.mainelobsterfestival.com). And to fuel you up for fall colors in the mountains, in September there's the Chowdah Cook-off in Bethel, just minutes from hiking along (207-824-2282). Another fun outing is lobster-boat racing—a watery NASCAR for 100-plus working vessels sponsored by the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association—in eight coastal towns, including Boothbay Harbor, from mid-June to mid-August (888-333-8379).

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Acadia National Park, Maine

, Maine
Tel: 207 288 3338
Website: www.nps.gov/acad

In the 1800s, "rusticators" like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and other Hudson River School painters fled to Maine's Mount Desert Island, dotted with 26 mountains and surrounded by azure seas. In the early 1900s, a large parcel of the island became Acadia National Park. Today, the park is 47,000 acres, or two thirds of Mount Desert Island. One of the best ways to see Acadia is by kayak; you'll share the shoreline with puffins, whales, and peregrine falcons. Acadia Bike & Kayak rents kayaks and canoes (207-288-9605; www.acadiafun.com). From October to March, you can be the first person in the country to see the sun rise, with a before-dawn hike up 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the U.S. Eastern seaboard. It's a 7.5-mile loop and a moderately challenging hike. (Also note that the popular Precipice Trail up Champlain Mountain is closed until further notice because of minor earthquake damage.) If you're looking for scarier stuff, you can scale Acadia's granite sea cliffs with an instructor from Acadia Mountain Guides (198 Main St.; 888-232-9559; www.acadiamountainguides.com). Fat-tire friends can hop on a mountain bike to explore the 45-mile web of carriage roads that roll through the park. Rent bikes at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop in downtown Bar Harbor (141 Cottage St.; 207-288-3886; www.barharborbike.com).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.