It’s Time To Explore Maine
You have been dreaming about a trip to Maine.
The rugged coastline, the sandy beaches, the lighthouses, the seafood, and New England’s only National Park – like a siren, Maine is calling you. Not to dash you on that picturesque coastline, but to pull you in, let you experience all that she has to offer, give you an amazing getaway experience, and send you home with memories you’ll never forget.
And now it’s time to take those dreams and turn them into a plan.
But where to start? Do you start in the major cities or on the coast? What’s on the can’t-miss list? What are the most unique and special things to do across the state?
You could go it alone – throwing a dart at the proverbial dartboard and hoping that the city, accommodations, and things to do just kind of work out as you go.
Or you could go with a guide – with curated lists of things to do, places to stay, best restaurants, festivals and events, and more – organized by city and region – to give you that guided experience without, ya know, having to actually hang out with the guide throughout your entire getaway.
Because let’s face it – this getaway is about connecting with your people, whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family vacation, building memories, and experiencing a really cool and fun journey together. The amazing, curated destinations are a fun bonus.
So whether you’re a foodie, the outdoorsy type, a lover-of-all-things-lighthouses, checking all of the National Parks off your bucket list, or wanting this to be the vacation that everyone refers to as “the best vacation ever”, at Visit Maine, we’ve got you covered.
The Maine Lodging Guide
Finding the perfect-for-you place to stay while exploring Maine is a key step in having the getaway of your dreams. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway destination, family-friendly lodging, or pet-friendly accommodations, we’ve got you covered with curated guides for each city and region. Planning your dream Maine getaway just got even easier!
Whether you’re a native Mainah or this is your first trip to explore the state, here’s your inspiration to find the true adventures that await you.
Where should you start? Don’t worry – we’ve made it easy for you to start anywhere. Here are the Reader Favorite articles – the most popular posts on Visit Maine to get you started!
Plan Your Maine Vacation
Maine, known for its rugged coastline and sandy beaches. The Pine Tree state is a vacationland of spectacular seascapes, lighthouses, and lobster fishing villages along the expansive coast plus whitewater rivers, lakes and mountains inland.
Maine is also a prime shopping destination with name-brand factory outlets and legendary outfitters.
Picturesque seaside villages dot the coastline with countless bays, harbors and islands. New England’s only national park, Acadia, located on Mount Desert Island is as unique as it is awe-inspiring – including Cadillac Mountain where the earliest sunrise on the East Coast appears.
Portland, Maine’s largest city, has a cosmopolitan flair, while cherishing an incredible seagoing history. The restored Old Port is home to excellent restaurants, colorful pubs, and delightful boutiques. Portland’s downtown offers classic theatre, symphony and a world-renowned collection of architecture, art and literature.
Moving away from the coast, Maine is about seasonal wilderness, fresh water lakes and mountains await your adventure, be it fishing, biking, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, skiing or snowmobiling.
Lodging in Maine depends upon your preference, romantic, family friendly or fun. If you wish to sleep in a hotel, century old historic inn or B&B, Maine has many diverse accommodations including several former sea captains’ homes.
Resorts along the coast, on pristine lakes, and at the base of magnificent mountains are available for those looking for activity packed respites. Families and couples visiting Maine will find campgrounds, condos, hotels, motels and luxurious private homes and cottages to choose from.
Maine is loved for its food, and fresh seafood including Lobster is at the top of the list. Maine harvests the country’s finest blueberries and native strawberries during the glorious summer months, and maple syrup as crisp fall air transforms foliage into a burst of fall autumn colors.
Within this Maine lodging and vacations guide and directory you will find Maine Coast vacations, inns, resorts, cabins and cottages, bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, motor inns, condos, timeshares and campgrounds. This is the real skinny on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in Maine! Our Maine Coast Guide features beaches, antiques, lighthouses, kayaking outfitters & lobsters, including a Maine Calendar of Events. Visit Maine’s most popular towns: Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Bethel, Boothbay, Bar Harbor, Wells, York, York Beach, Kittery, Portland, Freeport, Rockport, Bangor, Augusta, Lakes Region including Windham and Naples.
See the shopping directory and guide with links to Kittery Outlets, Kittery Trading Post, Freeport, and antique stores. We even include an Alpine Skiing Guide with links to Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Saddleback and Shawnee Peak. Visit our Fun Facts on Maine and see our how to eat a lobster guide. View Maine weather and tide chart links before your vacation. Planning a Maine Meeting, Maine Windjammer or Schooner Tour or Whitewater Rafting excursion let this be your guide to the coast and mountains.
Here you will find Pet Friendly Hotels and Green Hotels. And Maine has some of the finest Restaurants in the country.
Getting married? Maine is a fabulous venue for your special event. Check out our Maine Wedding Reception sites.