US 2 is the best route. Although it is mostly 2 lane, it is by far the most scenic. Once you hit Newport, Maine, take Interstate 95 to the outskirts of Bangor. There you pick up Interstate 395 across the Penobscot and around Brewer. When 395 ends, follow Highway 1-a into Ellswworth and just go straight. You'll start seeing the hills of Acadia about 8 miles out of downtown Ellsworth. Enjoy Acadia. It's a great park.
We drove the Natchez Trace, Nashville-to-Natchez, in the Fall of 2010. We loved the road and plan to do it again next spring. I really liked the entire drive and can't pinpoint one section that was way better than the rest. But to get some idea of what the road is like, look at pictures on our travel blog between October 28 and November 2, 2010. The blog address is www.mytripjournal.com/shastadaisy We stayed in some really nice State Parks and COE parks along the way (one was in Tupelo).....and Natchez is a great and historic old river town. Have fun. MaineDon
What can anyone tell me about the road and climb across Willamette Pass in Oregon? Highway #58 from Eugene to Chemult. Is the climb steep and full of hairpin curves that cause you to lose momentum as you go up? Also, what is road condition like......good pavement versus full of potholes? Although raised in the Pacific Northwest, we've lived in the East for the past 38 years and don't know road conditions in OR/WA anymore. Thanks in advance for any info you can provide. MaineDon
Mpula: What I forgot to say in the above post is that a potential down side of Bear Brook is that it is 40-60 minutes from Bar Harbor per se (depending on summer traffic). I believe they have a web site that you can check out. Again, good luck. MaineDon
Mpula: We lived year-round in Maine for 36 years and still maintain a summer cottage near Bar Harbor. We have not been impressed with dog-boarding services on Mount Desert Island or even in nearby Ellsworth. We have started to use, and have had good experiences with, Bear Brook Kennel, which is in Brewer. Bear Brook is just off of Highway 1-a, which is the major route down to MDI and Bar Harbor from Interstate #95. They offer various types of boarding. Miss Daisy, our Welsh Terrier, is easily excited and basically afraid of many other dogs. So we have been housing her in one of Bear Brook's wall-sided kennels (I believe they call these the "Presidential Suites"....lol!), with glass windows looking out to the front and back. These "suites" are in a quieter area of the boarding facility, which I think makes for a calmer overall experience. Each "suite" also has its own private exercise area. Overall, all parts of the Bear Brook Kennels that we've seen are clean and well cared for, even the traditional side-by-side wire cages We found the staff to be friendly and willing to meet your dogs special needs. Good luck. We've had bad experiences with kennels in Ellsworth and in Surry.