Destination New England
|Boston, MA||1.5 hr||2 hr||3.5 hr||5 hr|
|Providence, RI||2.25 hr||2.75 hr||4.5 hr||5.75 hr|
|Hartford, CT||3 hr||3.5 hr||5.25 hr||6.5 hr|
|Albany, NY||4.25 hr||4.75 hr||6.5 hr||8 hr|
|New York, NY||5.5 hr||6 hr||7.5 hr||9 hr|
|Burlington, VT||3.5 hr||4.25 hr||5.75 hr||7 hr|
|Concord, NH||1.5 hr||2 hr||3.5 hr||5 hr|
|Montreal Canada||5.5 hr||5.25 hr||6.5 hr||7.5 hr|
|Quebec Canada||5.75 hr||5.5 hr||5.5 hr||6.25 hr|
The drive to Maine also allows you to stop along the way to explore some of the smaller towns that aren't likely your final destination but are worthy of checking out. Here are some tips about driving to Maine:
Flying into the area instead of driving? You have a few different options. While there are airports in Maine, it might be cheaper to fly into Boston's Logan International Airport. The drive from Boston is rather quick, and if you'll be renting a car anyway, you might want to consider saving some money by flying into there.
If you want to be as close to your final destination as possible when you set foot off the plane (I don't blame you!), you might want to fly into Portland International Airport. There is also an airport in Bangor, as well as one near Bar Harbor but they are much smaller and are serviced by fewer airlines.
One thing is for certain, Maine is a big state! Choosing where to spend your vacation may not be so easy. Let me help you figure it out.
First, let me ask you - are you a lake or ocean type of person? If you answered "lake", you'll want to stay inland around Western Maine. The Sebago and Rangeley lakes areas are beautiful and offer many recreational activities no matter what the season. Southern Maine (my neck of the woods!) offers some great lakes as well.
If you are ready to tackle the great outdoors, I would suggest heading to the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park area on Mt. Desert Island. This part of Maine offers unlimited opportunities to explore Maine's rugged coastline and majestic beauty. Certainly, this area draws countless visitors for New England vacations in Maine.
Hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, walking, sailing, deep sea fishing, whale watching, bird watching...are you getting the point? Perfect for active types who love communing with nature, Mt. Desert Island has it all.
Prefer to have a little more balance between city life and laid-back coastal town? Portland and it's surrounding communities might be just the right fit. The most populated city in Maine, Portland offers coastal charm, cultural activities, outstanding dining opportunities (my favorite!), exciting day trip possibilities to Maine's quaint island communities, shopping, nightlife and more.
Would the term "beach bum" more accurately describe you? If so, you just have to head for the white sand beaches of Maine's southern coast. Miles of sandy beaches, abundant local seafood, and shopping make for a relaxing vacation.
Do you love to shop? If so, stay in southern part of the state - anywhere from Freeport, Maine down to Kittery. Freeport is home to the world famous L.L. Bean flagship store (that never closes, by the way), and tons of great outlet shops.
The Kittery Outlets boast 120 designer and brand name outlets for every age and interest. You can even hop over the border to shop in tax free Newington and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Aside from Maine's largest mall, The Maine Mall in South Portland, the Old Port Exchange near the Portland waterfront has interesting and unique shops to choose from. With over 200 independently owned store and boutiques, you could spend days discovering unique Maine treasures.
There are so many exciting and interesting things to see and do in Maine! New England vacations here are tough to beat. Are you excited yet? Let's keep going...
So many possibilities...which is right for you? Vacation rentals in Maine could range from luxurious oceanfront homes and hotels to graciously appointed Bed and Breakfast Inns to rustic cottages or even a campsite at one of the many campgrounds in Maine.
If you love the great outdoors, camping in Maine is the way to go. The fresh air, crackling camp fires, communing with nature, sleeping under the stars... Not only is camping economical, it is a whole lot of fun (if you enjoy "roughing it"!) If you have a big family like we do, you know it can be tough finding cheap family vacations. Camping with kids in Maine will be an experience your kids will be talking about to their kids years from now.
If such rustic accommodations aren't your thing, maybe you'd rather check-in to one of the many hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns, vacation home rentals, seaside cottages or resorts. Hotels in all price ranges can be found in all Maine vacation spots.
A Maine vacation resort with all the amenities you could ask for might be what you are seeking. The largest resorts can be found in Bar Harbor, Ogunquit, Rockland and some of the smaller communities surrounding Portland.
With so many New England vacations to choose from, why choose Maine? The stunning natural beauty, the laid back feel, the quaint coastal villages, the
fine dining and more exciting activities than you could ask for.
New England vacations in Maine - the memories will last a lifetime...