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Maine: Discover a World of Wonders

Travel coastal highways, enjoy small-town charm and hike mountain passes on a New England road trip you’ll never forget.

Make your escape from the ordinary in Maine. With eight unique regions to discover, Maine offers year-round delights for outdoor enthusiasts and culture buffs alike. A network of scenic byways connects the entire state, making Maine the perfect place to plan an unforgettable road trip. Encounter whales and puffins near Acadia National Park, meet local artists in Greater Portland or go on a tasting tour of the Midcoast – it’s all waiting for you in Maine.

Maine's Regions

The Portland Head Light perched upon the rocks in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Greater Portland & Casco Bay

Maine’s most populous region, Greater Portland & Casco Bay is a cultural haven. Each month, the city of Portland holds its First Friday Art Walk, where you can meet local artisans and shop for handmade goods. In nearby Westbrook, take a stroll along the Westbrook River Walk to see the old mill buildings that line the town’s historic streets. Retailer L.L.Bean’s flagship store in Freeport offers world-class shopping, as well as free outdoor concerts and guided Outdoor Discovery School Programs.

Canoeing on the foggy Allagash Lake in Allagash, Maine

Aroostook County

It won't take long to discover why Aroostook County is called “The Crown of Maine,” thanks to its abundance of breathtaking natural landscapes and local charm in the state’s northern reaches. Visit the town of Fort Fairfield in July to enjoy live music and ride in an antique tractor at the annual Potato Blossom Festival. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a can’t-miss for nature-lovers, offering nearly 150 kilometers of untouched rivers, lakes and streams to traverse by paddle.

A vintage camper van parked beneath a starry sky in Blue Hill, Maine

DownEast & Acadia

Maine’s northeast coast, known to locals as simply DownEast, is full of stunning vistas and exciting wildlife encounters. Visit the maritime town of Eastport to embark on whale-watching tours or hop on a lobster boat in Milbridge to see puffins roost near historic lighthouses. On Campobello Island, Roosevelt Campobello International Park invites visitors to explore the summer home and gardens of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt from May to October each year.

The Olde Federal Building in downtown Augusta, Maine

The Kennebec Valley

Discover hidden gems around every corner in the Kennebec Valley. In the capital city of Augusta, experience Maine history through guided tours of the Fort Western National Historic Landmark and Living History Museum. The nearby historic village of Hallowell is home to the Gaslight Theater, Maine’s oldest continuously operating theater, and Hallowell Clay Works, where local artists teach year-round workshops. Visit North Star Orchards in Madison to enjoy farm-fresh apples; in the fall months, you can pick them right off the trees.

Boating on Rangeley Lake in Rangeley, Maine

Maine's Lakes & Mountains

If you’re dreaming of adventure in the great outdoors, the Lakes and Mountains region of Maine is calling to you. Spend a day boating and fishing at beautiful Rangeley Lakes State Park. For a winter adventure, snowshoe among the dreamy woodlands of Bridgton’s Pondicherry Park, then enjoy a hearty bite at the Olde Mill Tavern in the neighboring town of Harrison. Head over to Sunday River Resort in Newry to take a serene lift ride over the Mahoosuc Mountains.

Artist painting ‘en plein air’ at a marina in Camden, Maine

Maine's MidCoast & Islands

Maine’s MidCoast and Island towns are must-sees for foodies and culture enthusiasts. Make dinner reservations at Primo in Rockland to enjoy farm-to-table fare in a historic Victorian house on Main Street. Just a short jaunt away, the Camden Opera House hosts dozens of events each year, from musical theatre performances to folk and blues concerts. Lovers of maritime cultures won’t want to miss the Belfast Harbor Fest and Classic Boat Show, a celebration held annually in August.

Colorful skies at sunset over the pier in Old Orchard Beach, Maine

The Maine Beaches

Looking to spend a day by the shore? Visit one of the many iconic coastal towns in this southernmost region of Maine. In York Beach, you can watch candy artists stretch saltwater taffy at The Goldenrod candy store. The festive towns of Ogunquit and Biddeford both offer exciting events, live music, theater shows and waterfront activities. For a classic New England seaside experience, head over to Old Orchard Beach, where you can stroll down the pier and ride roller coasters at Palace Playland beachside amusement park.

Enjoying views of the mountains from Chimney Lake at Baxter State Park in Millinocket, Maine

The Maine Highlands

The Maine Highlands offers year-round opportunities to get outdoors. Discover the city of Bangor’s charming downtown on one of the Bangor Historical Society’s walking tours. In winter, the town of Greenville serves as the beginning and end of the Wilderness Sled Dog Race, hosting special educational activities to celebrate the annual event. Truly intrepid hikers can venture north to Baxter State Park to take on the 1,606-meter hike to the summit of Katahdin, Maine’s highest point.

Sunset over a mountain lake in Millinocket, Maine
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Picturesque rocky shore at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine

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A peaceful afternoon fly fishing in Maine

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A peaceful overlook on a Screw Auger Falls hiking trail in Newry, Maine

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Before You Go

Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a repeat visitor, Maine welcomes you to explore its many scenic trails, artistic cities and wildlife preserves. As you begin planning your exciting Maine road trip, take a moment to consider these tips that will help you make the most of your vacation.

  • Ask an expert. Maine’s savviest naturalists bear the prestigious title of Registered Maine Guide, indicating that they have passed a rigorous program testing their knowledge of Maine’s outdoors. Hire a guide to help introduce you to activities like skiing, snowshoeing and moose spotting. 
  • Respect the land. Maine is beautiful, thanks in part to the dedicated nature lovers who work together to take care of the landscape. Stick to posted trails and paths, properly dispose of your trash and avoid damaging trees or feeding wildlife.
  • Be prepared. Since many of Maine’s trails and mountains are remote, be sure to bring a waterproof map and compass with you on your excursions. You never know when you might need to navigate without cell service.
  • Shop small. Maine boasts hundreds of artisans and makers who make their living selling handmade goods and gifts. When shopping for souvenirs, consider supporting the talented craftspeople who call Maine home.