Travel To Maine
The Pine Tree State
Traveling to the State of Maine is always fun. If your there enjoying the warm weather months or perhaps there for cold weather sports you’ll always have an interesting time. The largest of the New England states region of the USA, Maine’s geographical highlights included; a somewhat mountainous region on the western side and into parts of the interior, a rocky northern shoreline with many rocky outcroppings into the ocean and some long wide beaches in the southern end of the state. The vastness of the size of the interior of this state will surprise most people.
Starting at the southeastern most point is the town of Kittery. Famous for its outlet stores for shopping, Kittery gets you a small dose of what the state is about. From there its always a fun drive following US Route 1 North, within a few minutes you’ll start to see some of these famous Maine scenes of rocky outcroppings with the waves and white surf crashing against them. Go thru York and enter into the lovely village of Ogunquit, famous for its long beach, cold water, wonderful shops and art galleries and its Playhouse. Ogunquit provides vacation living at its finast. A walk on its Marginal Way allows you to see the beauty of Maine, from the flowers growing near the oceanside, to the twists and turns of the coastline. Also-in my opinion the two best places on earth to get lobster are in Ogunquit, being Barnacle Billy’s and the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. Enjoy ! Going north from there you’ll come into the tourist towns of Wells, Kennebunkport and Saco. All these area’s have there own small villages, with shopping and restaurants.
One of the larger cities in Maine is Portland. The downtown wharf area is somewhat restored, with restaurants and shops, all very interesting siteseeing. But to me Maine isn’t really about cities, so travel north of there to Freeport, home of LL Bean. Continue north of there into the Bar Harbor region and you’ll reach one of Maines most famous attractions; Arcadia National Park. Activities here range from Biking, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, hiking and shopping. Any time of the year is good to visit this area-my personal favorite tends to be late summer, mid August to early fall-October as the warm ocean waters tends to keep the coastline a bit more temperate than some interior areas.
If your looking to venture into Maines interior, visit Baxter State Park. With over 50 trails and views of Mount Katahdin, this is a campers dream. Some of my friends will make camping reservations up to 9 months in advance ! If you prefer a little less rugged camping experience, with a little less of a drive, then I’d recommended the Rangley Lakes region located in the northwest corner of the state. Bordering New Hampshire and Canada, Rangley offers excellent lake fishing and camping. During the winter you can try cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in this area.
When your in Maine you’ll remember what is important in life. Its not the day to day hustle bustle that we all deal with, its living life to its fullest and enjoying it. Funny what a trip to the USA’s northeastern most point can do for you !