Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.

Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.
Seeing the world by tandem bicycle.

Southwest Harbor

Coastal Maine & Acadia: September 9-16, 2022

Portland to BarHarbor, Acadia & Downeast Maine

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Along the Coast

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Pentagoet Inn

Some Highlights of this Tour:

Join us for a true New England experience as we ride the coastal roads of the great state of Maine.

Highlights include:

Here's a day-by-day tour description:

Friday, September 9th (Arrival Day): Meet in Portland
Arrive independently by plane into or drive to Portland. Today is bike assembly day, but for those arriving early with bikes ready to ride, we'll have a short route planned. If you arrive early enough you may consider visiting the Portland Museum of Art.
Lodging: Holiday Inn, Portland by the Bay

Saturday, September 10th: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse Loop
33 miles – 1,132 ft gain
Today we’ll loop south from Portland past Portland Head Lighthouse & Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. We’ll continue to Prouts Neck past the Homer Studio, where the acclaimed 19th century American painter, Winslow Homer, resided from 1884 until his passing. Attracted to Maine by its raw natural beauty his art shifted to focus on maritime subjects in this final chapter of his life.
Lodging: Holiday Inn, Portland by the Bay

Sunday, September 11th: Portland to Wiscasset
50 miles – 2,729 ft gain
This morning we begin our journey northeast towards our ultimate destination. You’ll pedal past Freeport, home of the 110-year-old outdoor retail giant, L.L. Bean. If you are so inclined after the ride today, you can go on a short historic train ride. The 43-mile Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington operated from 1895 until 1933. The WW&F Railway Museum has recreated 2.5 miles of the original railroad, which you may ride on via train powered by a restored steam locomotive.
Loding: Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort in Edgecomb

Monday, September 12th: Wiscasset to Rockland
56 miles – 4,161 ft gain
Today’s route snakes a winding route east to the small coastal city of Rockland. Our route features a fair amount of vertical – around 4,000 ft gained and lost over about 55 miles, but with a peak elevation of only 200 ft. Tonight you are free to explore dinner options in Rockland at your leisure.
Lodging: Rockland Harbor Hotel

Tuesday, September 13th: Rockland to Castine
62 miles - 4,097 ft gain
Our route today heads north along the coast of Penobscot Bay and inland at times to the town of Bucksport on the Penobscot River. Highlights include the charming coastal towns of Camden & Belfast as well as picturesque coastal views with glimpses of some of the many islands that line the coast (Maine has an impressive list of over 3,000 coastal islands – most of which are very small and uninhabited). While Maine’s “general coastline” is only 228 miles, when you factor in all the inlets and bays the “tide coastline” jumps up to a staggering 3,478 miles – the 4th longest in the USA (after Alaska, Florida & Louisiana).
Lodging: Pentagoet Inn

Wednesday, September 14th: Bucksport to Bar Harbor
57 miles - 3,264 ft gain
The route today is a little flatter and shorter. You’ll roll east to an end the ride on Mount Desert Island (Maine’s largest island) and our home for the final two nights of the trip in the town of Bar Harbor. Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own and it’s the perfect spot for some fresh Maine lobster if you haven’t already this week (or even if you have).
Lodging: Bar Harbor Inn or West Street Hotel

Thursday, September 15th: Acadia Park Loop
59 miles 3,997 ft gain
Today we loop around Acadia National Park, the first National Park east of the Mississippi. You’ll be able stop at a few iconic viewpoints such as Thunder Hole and explore the wonderous natural beauty of this park with its rugged, rocky coast. Later in the day you’ll ride by the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – one of the most photographed of all lighthouses in New England. Tonight we’ll enjoy a final group dinner together.
Lodging: Bar Harbor Inn or West Street Hotel

Friday, September 16th (Departure Day): Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain & Carriage Road Loop
22 miles - 2,173 ft gain
The sunrise from Cadillac Mountain is famous for being the tallest point on the North Atlantic seacoast and the first spot that the sun’s rays touch US soil morning at dawn each morning (for half the year at least – October to March). If you are up for the early morning climb to the 1,530 ft summit (the climb is 5 miles averaging 5% grade) you can arrive prior to sunrise at 6:13 A.M. to take in the inspiring sight. After you will continue back to Bar Harbor along some of the famous carriage roads – the gift of John D Rockefeller Jr. – winding through the forests. We’ll return to the hotel before transferring 3 hours back to Portland arriving around 4:00 P.M.

We are now taking bookings for this tour. If you are interested in this tour, please Contact Us for more information or check out our info page to see what's included on a Tandem Bicycle Tour.

Tandem Bicycle Tours strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads/bike paths for cycling and to avoid busy roads as much as possible. The description listed here is a very good approximation of our trips but hotels and routes may change marginally to improve the trip experience.

West Street Hotel

West Street Hotel

Steamed Maine Lobster

Steamed Maine Lobster

Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington

WW&F Train


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