The scenery along the coast in Maine is so gorgeous that we decided to continue cruising along US 1 to visit more of the picturesque towns along the way. Bristol and Camden were highly recommended so we stopped there before heading up to Acadia National Park.
When passing through Bristol make sure to visit Pemaquid Lighthouse Pointe Park. The entrance to the park costs $2.00 pp and includes parking, a visit to the Fisherman’s Museum, access to the park grounds and a climb up the lighthouse. We arrived as the fog rolled in and the scenery was picture perfect. Take a leisurely hike along the rocks to get some great pictures of the lighthouse and surrounding areas.
Camden is lovely, quaint and walkable. We parked near the gorgeous Harbor Park near the Library and Amphitheatre. The views from here were incredible and the park was perfect for a relaxing stroll or a picnic. We headed into town through the park and ended up having a great lunch on the dock. From here you could also book sailing tours that take you to some of the adjoining islands. Back on land just walking around the main street is a treat. There are numerous cute shops in town and ice cream parlors where you could cool off. Make sure to tour the gorgeous library and amphitheatre grounds as well.
After lunch we visited Camden Hills State Park. Since we were only staying for a short while we felt the entrance to the park was a bit steep at $6.00 pp but one could easily spend a whole day exploring the area (including hiking). The fog was rolling in so we decided to quickly drive up the highest peak in the park at the summit of Mount Megunticook to take some pictures. From here you get incredible views of the harbor and the town below while enjoying a nice cool breeze.
Where we’re headed next
- Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park