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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.

Towns in Maine - Nubble Lighthouse near York Beach Maine

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.

Downeast/Acadia

Towns in Maine - Somesville Bridge

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.

Towns in Maine - Cadillac Mountain

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!

Towns in Maine - Sand Beach in Acadia National Park

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

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.

Towns in Maine - Camden Harbor

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!

Towns in Maine - Boothbay Harbor Kayaking

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!

Greater Portland

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.

Towns in Maine - Boothbay Harbor Kayaking

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.

Towns in Maine - Freeport

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 Peaks Island.

Southern Maine

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.

Towns in Maine - Wells Beach

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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