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5 Reasons Maine Is a Great Place to Visit

Updated on May 8, 2021

Prologue From a Mainer

Not everyone considers going into the great outdoors to be a vacation of a lifetime. If you are one of those people who craves to be outside and explore your heart out then you may want to consider adding Maine to your list of upcoming vacations.When it comes to beautiful scenery and being laid back Maine takes the cake.

There is so much land to cover but sticking to the coast is going to be your best bet for a great time. Maine is a very rural state with mostly smaller towns so you may want to consider driving your car or renting a car once you get there. That will allow you to have the best overall experience and freedom to explore.

Now lets take a look at some of the reasons Maine should be on that vacation list of yours.

Four Seasons
Four Seasons | Source

Reason #5 - All Four Seasons

One of the greatest perks in Maine is that you get to experience all four seasons. There is full on spring, summer, autumn, and of course winter. No matter what type of weather you like, you can find it in Maine depending what time of year you go.

Spring tends to be quite wet and muddy. There is still a bit of chill in the early mornings but most the time you can count on mid-50s to be the go-to temperature. Not super warm but just enough to get you creeping out of the house after a rough winter do you can stretch your legs.

Summer means the bugs come out to play. That doesn't mean you shouldn't come out to play too! Just be prepared with bug repellents. Most of the summer you can get a steady temperature in the 60s and 70s. Perfect weather for exploration! Just be careful if you're heading to the woods and check yourself for ticks.

Autumn is my personal favorite in Maine. Why? The leaves, my friends, the beautiful color array of leaves. The temperature starts to work its way back into the 50s (sometimes even 40s!) but losing the warmth is worth it to watch the colors of the trees change.

Last is winter. This is the season where Mainers get all their exercise for the year due to constant snow shoveling. Don't get me wrong, if you like snow then Maine is a great place to go and take in the views but if you do not like snow then you should probably vacation during the summer. Temperatures go crazy in the winter anywhere from below 0 to up in the 40s. It has a mind of its own. If you're lucky it will be a spontaneous warm winter with minimal snow!

Reason #4 - Blueberries Galore

The first food people think of when you say Maine is lobster. Lobster is not the only big food item that Maine produces. Did you know Maine has 44,000 acres of blueberry fields? Blueberries are also the official fruit of the state as well. Maine produces more blueberries than anywhere else in the world! Blueberries are so popular that there are actual Blueberry Festivals and parades every year.

I myself was born and raised in the Blueberry Capital of the World! Right in Cherryfield, Maine. Okay, so the town name is contradicting but what can you do?

Reason #3 - Islands

Do you feel like island hopping? Because there are 4,600 different islands for you to choose from. Not all are inhabited, but there a quite a few that are. Many people have cabins built on an island to get away during the spring and summer. That is how Mainers vacation on a budget!

There are a lot of islands that will not have electricity or running water. It is 100% pure nature. If you are looking for silence and want to just be surrounded by the great outdoors then I highly recommended taking some time to make it to an island to relax. It is a perfect way to unwind after months or even years of being stressed by your job. Once you are on one of the islands you may never want to leave!

At the very bottom of this article is a link to Explore Maine by Ferry. The ferries can take you to some of the islands.

Rocky Maine Coast
Rocky Maine Coast | Source

Reason #2 - The Beautiful Rocky Coast

Maine's coastline is something to boast about. Not only is it gorgeous but it is very, very long when you include all little tidal inlets. It stretches 3,478 miles which surprisingly beats the coast of California.

The coast is scattered with coastal towns that are tourist goldmines. Some of the more popular towns are Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport, Camden, and Rockport. Believe me there are way more than that! These coastal towns will always supply you with Maine history, endless supplies of homemade food, and give you amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Most of the coast is rocky and jagged but if you are tired of endless beaches that look actually the same then Main can provide you with a new view. You'll be able to see how the ocean continues to carve away at the rocks over time to create its newest masterpiece.

And of course, Maine has several lighthouses! There are still 57 active lighthouses in the state and about 12 that are no longer active. Some tours are provided to certain lighthouses which I highly recommend because lighthouses are pretty amazing.

One tip though if you do decide to visit the rocky coast, do not stand too close to the crashing waves. Many have thought they were superior to the ocean but those waves can claim lives so please use common sense. Human vs ocean is not a great match up.

Portland Lighthouse - Maine
Portland Lighthouse - Maine | Source

Reason #1 - The Seafood

The number one reason you should go to Maine is if you are a seafood junkie. Seafood is in high abundance and fresh. If you talk to the right people then there is a good chance you'll find a connection that lets you go to a dock to get lobsters right off a boat. Now that is fresh seafood!

Lobsters, crabs, mussels, clams, and varieties of fish. There are so many choices for you to pick from. Not only are there plenty of options but it will not cost you nearly as much to buy the seafood you love while you vacation in Maine. Maine has no reason to inflate the prices, so eat your heart out.

Lobster is the 2nd food that Mainers throw festivals and parades for. Lets just say the Maine takes its food very seriously.

Maine Lobster with Fries
Maine Lobster with Fries | Source

Farewell and Go Explore

I hope this article gave you an idea some of the things to check out in Maine. There is so much there that it would take pages to cover it all. Hopefully this gave you a boost to add Maine to your upcoming vacation list. If it did then enjoy your time exploring the wonders of Maine!


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