Popular Maine Towns and Destinations
There are so many places to visit in Maine, from charming seaside villages to historic old towns, and lakeside resorts. Maine has everything for any traveler, from family vacationers to history buffs and nature enthusiasts. Visit the Southern Maine Coast for beach fun and delicious dining, or travel further up the coastline to visit charming historic villages and explore scenic outlying islands. We recommend a visit to as many Maine towns as possible, for the full "Vacationland" experience!
Kittery, York Harbor, York Beach, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach make up the first 30 miles of the coast, known as the Southern Maine Coast. The Southern Maine Coast is home to most of the beautiful beaches the state has to offer, sandy beaches with gentle waves, and ocassional big surf for surfers. Southern Maine also offers great shopping, top rated dining and affordable accommodations.
Wells is the Antique Capital of Maine with antique furniture, books and collectible shops along Route 1. Wells also has some the best seafood restaurants in Maine, and plenty of lodging options from beachfront condos and motels to inns and family-friendly resorts. Wells is home of the Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm. This captivating saltwater farm preserves 1,600 acres of field, forest and beach, with seven miles of nature trails. Wells also offers lots of lodging, beautiful beaches, and some great seafood restaurants and the Maine Diner along Route 1.
Travelling through Mid-Coast Maine, visitors will view gorgeous rocky coastlines and drive through many charming seaside villages. Boothbay Harbor could be called the boating capital of New England, with over 25 daily boat excursions for the whole family to enjoy. Keep driving and visit Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Castine, hidden gems of the Maine coast popular with yachtsman, artists and wine lovers. These smaller seaside villages offer historic charm and picturesque towns full of shopping and dining, working harbors, beaches, lighthouses and much more!
Downeast is home to Mt. Desert Island, beautiful Bar Harbor and the spectacular Acadia National Park. Acadia offers fun for the whole family, including miles of hiking, biking and driving trails all with incredible scenery of the moutanins meeting the sea. Bar Harbor itself is a bustling seaside village full of shops and restaurants with many ways to explore the area including boat excursions, kayak rentals and island tours.
Western Lakes and Mountains
Way up in the Maine Highlands Region, Bangor and the surrounding areas are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, with many adventures awaiting visitors. The Highlands are home to Maine's longest river - The Penobscot, Maine's tallest mountain - Katahdin, the largest freshwater lake - Moosehead Lake and much more! In winter, the area is transformed into a snowy paradise for snowmobiling, ice-fishing, skiing and snowshoeing! In summer, white water rafting, fishing, moose safaris, hiking and biking are popular ways to explore the woods, mountains, lakes and rivers of Maine.