The Best of Summer in Maine
Maine comes alive in the summer, offering natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and small-town charm. From the coast to the mountains, there are many wonderful places to explore during the warmer months. Here are some of the best spots to visit in Maine this summer.
Acadia National Park
Maine’s only national park is one of the top destinations, with stunning scenery and activities for everyone.
- Hike the trails of Mount Desert Island, including the stunning Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Trail with panoramic views of the Atlantic.
- Go biking on the 45 miles of carriage roads, open only to walkers, bikers, and equestrians. Rent bikes in nearby Bar Harbor.
- Take a whale watching or puffin cruise to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.
- Relax on the pink granite shores of Sand Beach or Echo Lake Beach.
- Stay in Bar Harbor or Northeast Harbor, two charming towns on the doorstep of the park.
- Explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, lined with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
- Take a food tour and sample your way through the city’s amazing culinary landscape. Or just grab a lobster roll, Portland’s signature sandwich.
- Check out a show at the historic State Theatre or Portland Stage Company.
- Visit the Portland Museum of Art, home to works by Monet, Renoir, Wyeth, and Maine artists.
- Take a ferry to the Calendar Islands in Casco Bay for beaches, hiking, and seafood shacks.
Camden and Rockland
The harbor towns of Camden and Rockland on Penobscot Bay are perfect for a summer escape.
- Go sailing in picturesque Camden Harbor or take a windjammer cruise along the coast.
- Hike in Camden Hills State Park for panoramic views of the bay.
- Explore the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland, dedicated to Maine's artistic heritage.
- Indulge in a lobster dinner or picnic on the shore.
- Stay at a quaint B&B, like the Hartstone Inn in Camden or Berry Manor Inn in Rockland.
Rangeley Lake Region
For outdoor adventure without the crowds, head to the Rangeley Lake Region in Maine’s western mountains.
- Go boating, swimming, or fishing on the crystal-clear waters of Rangeley Lake, Aziscohos Lake or Mooselookmeguntic Lake.
- Hike through pine forests and mountain vistas on the Appalachian Trail or Bald Mountain trail.
- Spot moose, loons, and bald eagles in their natural habitat.
- Take an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the Kennebec or Dead Rivers.
- Relax with a local craft beer at Saddleback Brewing Company or in the cozy pubs of Rangeley or Oquossoc.
- Rent a lakefront cabin or stay at the classic Rangeley Inn for a perfect summer escape.
Deer Isle and Stonington
For a quieter coastal getaway, head to Deer Isle and the picturesque fishing village of Stonington.
- Go sea kayaking to spot harbor seals and coastal birds in their natural habitat.
- Take a boat tour to Isle au Haut or Acadia National Park.
- Explore coastal trails at Crockett Cove Woods or Barred Island Preserve.
- Indulge in fresh lobster, fish, and farm produce at casual seafood shacks like Fisherman's Friend or Aragosta.
- Stay at the Inn on the Harbor in Stonington or the Pilgrim's Inn, a historic B&B.
- Shop for local crafts at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery.
With its natural beauty and small-town charm, Maine offers an idyllic summer escape. There’s something for everyone, from the coast to the mountains and beyond. Have a wonderful trip!