BIG DEAL: Fall weekend in Maine for $147 RT from New York

Do a mini-pilgrimage to Acadia National Park to see the leaves turn.

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One of the best things about Maine’s Acadia National Park—and the Mount Desert Island region, for that matter—is that it’s just far enough away from the East Coast’s major population centers to deter the bulk of the casual traffic that finds its way to New England’s scenic back roads during leaf-peeping season.

This fall, however, you can skip the grueling road trip (or the lengthy drive from Portland—Maine’s top gateway) and hop a United flight from Newark to Bangor, barely an hour from scenic Bar Harbor and the national park, starting for as little as $147 round-trip. Pretty good, right? Bonus: It’s a nonstop, and these aren’t just midweek fares—right now, plenty of weekends (Friday-Sunday) are still available.

Check out this September weekend itinerary, right at the start of fall foliage season: 

That’s just one example—as of this writing, the $147 round-trip fare is available most days from around Labor Day through the end of the fall.

Ready to book? When you see fares like these, it’s always a good idea to book as soon as possible—Orbitz and Expedia offer a 24 hour cancellation window, should you later decide to back out. (As always, read the fine print first.) If you’d like to do more research, you can compare deals across multiple sites with CheapFlights and BookingBuddy. Be aware that bundling your flight and hotel together will often save you a good deal of money; once again, Orbitz and Expedia are great places to price out packages. Need a hotel? Hotels.com is a fine place to start, but also make sure to look at Priceline, where you can save up to 60 percent on any given night by taking advantage of their Express Deals feature. (This simple tool has probably saved us—no joke—thousands of dollars over the years.) Don’t forget, you can also cross-reference a ton of hotel user reviews with the best rates available from more than 200 web sites at TripAdvisor.. If you need a rental car, swing wide with a multi-site search at Booking Buddy so you don’t miss out on the best deals in your destination. Finally, if you’re in need of further travel inspiration, or are just plain short on dough, Skyscanner now keeps a list of flights available for under $100 round-trip, while Orbitz offers a regularly updated list of fares below $200.

(h/t Airfare Watchdog)

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