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Travel Inspired by Samantha Brown

Take a trip to the northernmost state on the east coast of the United States—Maine! Known for lobster and lighthouses, Maine also offers breathtaking rocky coastlines and majestic mountains. Perfect for a good old-fashioned road trip, Maine offers the right combination of delicious cuisine, picturesque outdoor scenery and a wealth of American history.

This Maine road trip getaway inspired by Samantha Brown, travel expert and TV host of “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” offers you an opportunity to see the destination as she did along with some additional travel recommendations from AAA Travel.

Following is a sample itinerary:

Day 1

Arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine

Check into your hotel and prepare to discover picturesque Mount Desert Island, Maine.

  • Start your journey with a visit to , where your first priority is to enjoy the breathtaking views surrounding you. As one of the top 10 most-visited parks in the United States, there are 27 miles of historic motor roads and 158 miles of hiking trails to discover. Whether you conquer the park on a bicycle, a hike or simply with a fishing pole in hand—the beauty awaits.
  • A favorite among the locals, has eclectic menu options and award-winning mac ‘n’ cheese.
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Day 2

Explore More of Mount Desert Island

Take the day to explore more of this magnificent island.

  • Sail onboard a cruise with through Bass Harbor soaking in the sights of Mount Desert Island and Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
  • Back on the mainland, experience the art of “junk sculpting” from located just off Route 102 in Bar Harbor.
  • Take time to journey through the , the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine. This museum is devoted to the Wabanaki, the native people of Maine.
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Day 3

Road Trip Through Maine

What a better way to road trip! Eat and sightsee your way through Maine from Bar Harbor to Kittery.

  • Start your morning with fun and food at for breakfast. This off-the-beaten-path restaurant draws crowds from all over. Their blueberry pancakes are a must-try!
  • Make a quick stop in Orland to satisfy your sweet tooth with the irresistible cinnamon twirl bread and blueberry pie that have made the a local favorite.
  • Head on over to historic Bath to explore the , a 20-acre site of a 19th-century shipyard. Get a true appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture while wandering through incredible exhibits on the banks of the Kennebec River. You’ll see why Bath is known as “The City of Ships.”
  • Time to get back on the road—just outside Kittery, make a quick stop for some . Yes, hot dogs. But Flo’s is not just any hot dog place—this childhood favorite of Samantha Brown has been family-owned and -operated since 1959.
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Day 4

Enjoy the Historic Side of Kittery

Incorporated in 1647, Kittery is the oldest town in the state of Maine. Experience the new and old side of Kittery on your last day.

  • Start your experience in Kittery exploring . This former defense fortification has been standing its ground for over 275 years. Originally built in 1808, Fort McClary saw numerous additions throughout the years.
  • Head on over to , where the beers are handcrafted in Kittery. Pick up a growler of their beer and bring it with you to , a BYOB establishment with a picnic-style ambience. Established in 1948, this location offers AMAZING lobster, oysters and more. Kick back, relax and enjoy the view of the quiet tidal river.
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Learn more about Bar Harbor, Bath and Kittery with AAA Travel Guides.

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