Magnificent Maine – Done Miss a Spot on Your Holiday
Maine is such a beautiful state to visit. It’s popular in the autumn (or fall, as the locals would call it) because of the amazing sight of the woodlands flaming with rich reds and outrageous oranges. However, there’s so much to do all year round in the state, from the coast to the city to the countryside.
The entire coast (3,478 miles) is worthy of a trip in itself; you could hire a car and work your way up or down it. There are many car rental places situated in the cities and near airports. When hiring a car, it is worth considering buying direct car excess insurance beforehand, as it can be pricier when offered at the hire counter. The Southern Maine Coast Region is home to many picturesque villages and town and numerous sandy beaches. Ogunquit is a Native American name for ‘beautiful place by the sea’ and it certainly lives up to its name. Nearby Wells is home to a estuarine reserve in Laudholm Farm where you can visit the forest and beach along several nature trails. Further up north is Old Orchard Beach which offers lots in the way of family fun, with amusement arcades, a pier and the Palace Playland. Far north is Mount Desert Island where you will find Acadia National Park, resplendent with breath-taking scenery.(image by Ben)
There are a number of towns and cities in Maine, with the largest being the capital, Portland. It has a thriving arts scene with galleries, museums and theatres to visit. It is a working harbourfront so many of the local restaurants specialise in fresh seafood as well as locally sourced farm produce. For a good shopping experience, consider a visit to Freeport, a town north of Portland which has a number of outlet stores.
Inland Maine has just as much to offer as the coastal areas do. In the Highlands region, the main town is Bangor which is a base for a whole host of outdoor activities. Sports such as skiing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and freshwater fishing are all popular in the region. The Highlands have a number of reserves and state parks which offer activities and camping opportunities. Another option is to visit the Western Lakes and Mountain region, which is popular for the scenic ‘fall’ vistas. However, it is an area of unspoilt beauty in all seasons with climate appropriate activities available at all times of the year.(Image by nate parker)
There’s so much to see and do in Maine that it is worth spending some time researching and planning your trip well before you go to make the most of everything this spectacular state has to offer.
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