This postcard-perfect state has hundreds of hiking trails, multiple lighthouses, and a 47,000 acre National Park (Acadia) featuring rocky cliffs, granite peaks, and beautiful tall trees – oak, pine, maple, beech, birch and more. Over 80% of Maine’s land is covered by forests, perfect for camping.
Maine also has a great entrepreneurial spirit especially in its largest city, Portland. Growing in popularity amongst the foodies and craft beer seekers, Portland has been upping its game and luring in travellers with its tasty eats and good malt.
Places to Visit in Maine
- Bar Island
- Acadia National Park
- Old Orchard Beach
Unique Things to See and Do in Maine
- Eat Maine lobster by the sea
- Spend the day at the beach
- Explore the historic Cape Neddick Lighthouse, aka “Nubble Light”
- Ski the steep grades of Sugarloaf Mountain
- Hike up Mount Katahdin
- Sail on a windjammer in one of the many harbors such as Penobscot Bay
- Shop at L.L. Bean in Freeport
A Popular Maine Road Trip – The Southern Coast
A road trip through the Southern Maine Coast Region is only 30 miles long, but don’t let that fool you. Between the 8 coastal towns, there are a ton of activities to do and places to see.
The first town is Kittery, known for its outlet stores and the famous Kittery Trading Post (for all the hunters, fishermen, and general outdoors people). If shopping is on your bucket list for Maine, head straight on to the quaint and historic town of York, where you can also stop in to see the Nubble Lighthouse. Along this popular stretch, there are plenty of beaches to stop at. Another popular spot is Kennebunkport, known as the “Port”. It has some beautiful scenery with a cozy town feel. A fun place to stop, especially with children, is the Old Orchard Beach. It is 7 miles long and has a fully loaded oceanfront amusement park. Back to the good ol’ days of amusement by the sea! The Pier is a good spot for everyone with lots of seafood restaurants, boutique shops, lively nightlife offerings and fireworks on Thursdays.
Portland is a must as it’s Maine’s largest seaside city. They have everything – Victorian-style inns, access to the islands of Casco Bay and the historic forts, art galleries, golfing, lighthouses, and plenty of hotspots for nightlife.
Getting Around Maine
Travelling by car is the easiest option unless you’ve booked a sightseeing bus trip. Maine has quite the history with many coastal towns to explore so we highly recommend driving.
A popular option for many travellers—who have a couple of weeks— is to fly into Boston, rent a car, and then drive north to Maine along the I95. Whenever possible take the I95 when heading south to north because it is faster than Coastal Route 1 which only gives you limited views of the ocean. Other alternatives for travel between towns are by tour bus, Greyhound (national bus service), or by train (Amtrak).
Best Time of Year to Travel to Maine
Without a doubt, the most colourful time of year to visit Maine is during the autumn months when the leaves are turning rusty oranges, burnt browns, and crimson reds. The scenery is breathtaking which means most travellers opt to take a road trip through Maine during this season.
Did you know…?
Bangor, Maine has a 31 foot, 3,700 pound, Paul Bunyan statue to commemorate his birthplace, a fact that is under much debate by Minnesota, but nonetheless, the statue is impressive for Maine.
Did you ALSO know…?
In 1820 Maine became independent from Massachusetts. Needing a Maine State House for their capital they opted to build a replica of the Massachusetts State House.
Maine’s summers are warm and humid, but not hot. Essentially summers begin with the July 4th weekend and end with Labor Day, the first weekend of September, which means that this is the most popular time for families to vacation throughout the state. The temperature ranges from highs of around 26C to lows of 15C, depending on the winds.
Winters are hit and miss, which means it could be really snowy, or wet, with freezing rain and sleet. These conditions can make a world of difference when travelling on the roads. The best part of winter here is the skiing and ice skating. Temperatures around the coast hover around 0C (32F) with northern areas dropping to temps of -18C (0F).
Ready to plan your visit to Maine? Check out these popular guides and trips.