What Are The BEST Vacation
Towns In Maine?
There are so many great vacation towns in Maine - how do you choose when planning a vacation here? This page will give you an overview of the most
popular places so you can narrow it down and find just the right spot for you.
It helps to first start by deciding on a region of the state - Downeast, Midcoast, Greater Portland, Southern Maine, Lakes Region, Kennebec/Moose River
Valley, Highlands/Katadin, and Northern Maine. Each region has its own special qualities, great
Maine tourist attractions, plentiful lodging choices and delicious restaurants to keep you happy
for the duration of your trip.
Probably one of the most magical areas of Maine is the Downeast and Acadia National Park region. Home the
the ever popular Bar Harbor, one of the busiest tourist towns in Maine, you'll be awed by the
natural beauty that abounds here. Mount Desert Island, where most of Acadia National Park lies, is home to not only Bar Harbor but many other picturesque towns
and harbors like Somesville and Southwest, Bass, Seal and Northeast Harbors.
If you decide to vacation in this region, you'll have lots to do. It's a great area for people who love the outdoors and activities such as hiking,
kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, biking and walking or driving to scenic vistas (they're everywhere!). Bar Harbor provides great shopping and dining
opportunities that make a vacation great.
If you love ocean swimming and beaches, this might not be the best region to choose. Water here is very cold and there are very few sandy beaches. Sand
Beach in Acadia is a stunning beach, but it is small and really only the kids dare to enter the frigid water! Head south for the best beaches, go to the
Downeast region for outdoor adventure!
Other notable towns in Maine (Downeast region) are Bucksport (be sure to visit Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory here!), Ellsworth, Calais,
Eastport and Winter Harbor.
Midcoast Maine is a comparatively small region sandwiched between Downeast and the Greater Portland areas. Characterized by a rocky coastline, tons
of lighthouses, windjammers and vibrant fishing villages - this area is steeped in maritime history.
If you're looking at the Midcoast region you'll want to check out these popular tourist towns in Maine - Boothbay Harbor,
Rockland, Rockport and Camden. There's also Bath, Belfast, Brunswick, Harpswell and
Wiscasset (home of Red's Eats and their famous lobster roll which is, trust me, worth the wait in line!) in Midcoast Maine that are worth stopping by, they
are quaint Maine towns often with a strong artist presence.
Because of its size, it's the type of area where you could plan on hopping around a bit - Camden one day, Rockland another, Boothbay Harbor another. This
region also makes for a nice stopping point if you're on your way to Bar Harbor or Acadia - but you'll probably need at least a week and half to two weeks if you plan to do
that. There's so much to see, be sure to plan enough time!
Choose this region and one (or some) of these Midcoast towns in Maine if you love kayaking, sailing, ocean cruises, lighthouses, windjammer cruises,
art and all things maritime related. Although many vacation with their families in this area, I see Downeast and the Southern Maine beaches as more
kid friendly with their wide open spaces and beaches. Personally, with my four young kids in tow, I probably wouldn't think of the Midcoast region of
the state for a vacation. A romantic weekend at a bed and breakfast in Camden with my husband, definitely!
Also a geographically small region, the Greater Portland area has a lot to offer vacationers. Home to the state's largest city, Portland, this
region is perfect for those seeking some nightlife, excellent dining, culture and the arts, fabulous shopping, beaches, island hopping and more.
Of all the towns in Maine, Freeport is a must for those who love to shop! Home to the world famous L.L. Bean flagship store, Freeport is a wonderful
little town that not only offers shopping, but lots of outdoor recreational activities too.
South Portland has some great attractions like lighthouses and there are beautiful beaches in Scarborough and
Old Orchard Beach is nearby. You can also hop on the ferry and visit one of the several Casco Bay islands such as
Southern Maine is home to the state's best beaches - miles and miles of white sand and surf await you here. Each town along the Southern Maine coast
has its own special character. The more upscale communities include Ogunquit and the Kennebunks while Old Orchard Beach and Wells Beach are less refined and
great for affordable family vacations. York offers a little of everything between York Harbor, York Beach and York Village.
If you love the basking in the sun and playing in the waves (chilly ones!), relaxing walks on the beach, golden fried clams and the luscious Maine lobster all
within easy driving distance of Boston, these vacation towns in Maine are for you. No matter which one you choose, you can easily visit the others as
the area is fairly compact. You can't go wrong planning a vacation in this beautiful part of Maine.
So which of these great vacation towns in Maine are calling you? Maine is THE "Vacationland" - no matter what time of year you plan to visit, you're sure to find
a place that leaves a special mark on your heart.
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