Scenic Drives

Park Loop Road This 27-mile loop circumnavigates the northeastern section of Mount Desert Island.

Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway Worth the trip inland to take in the views of lakes and mountains on this winding hillside road.

Schoodic Peninsula Take a scenic drive (or bike ride), stopping at coves, rocky beaches and lookouts along the way.

US Route 1 Gear up for a spectacular multiday road trip on this route along coastal Maine.

Lobster

Thurston's Lobster Pound A much-loved destination on Mount Desert Island, Thurston's is a requisite stop after hitting the Acadia trails.

LDI Lobster Feast on lobster (but save room for blueberry pie) right after you step foot on Deer Isle.

Maine Lobster Festival If you really want to indulge, plan your trip around this magnificent crustacean fest held in Rockland.

Five Islands Lobster Company Get messy at this classic wharfside lobster shack in the fishing settlement of Georgetown.

Shannon’s Unshelled Pure and perfect lobster rolls.

Red’s Eats At Maine's most famous lobster shack, you'll have to go early to beat the crowds.

Nunan’s Lobster Hut A longtime family-run spot serving up the best lobster in the Kennebunks.

Maine Lobster Lady Those rich lobster rolls taste even better when you're eating on an island, contemplating the coastline.

Lulu Lobster Boat Take a boat trip and learn all about this beloved crustacean.

Small Towns

Belfast A town with a pretty main street, appealing farmers markets and a strong sense of community.

Castine Tiny but gorgeous village with historic architecture and nearby woods for peaceful walks.

Rockland A vibrant little place with vintage diners, art-filled shops and cafes, and a pretty waterfront with tall ships.

Brunswick Architecturally striking town, founded in the 17th century, that's home to prestigious Bowdoin College.

Rockport This photogenic one-street harbor town hosts renowned media workshops.

Damariscotta Pretty riverside town that does the important things right, including books, beer and bivalves (fabulous oysters).

Northeast Harbor Its main street is small but has loads of charm, and the waterfront is stunning.

Bethel One of the interior's prettiest towns, with a compact and walkable center and alluring restaurants, shops and B&Bs.

York The quaintest village in the south is the best place to discover Maine's colonial history.

Coastal Views

Quoddy Head State Park Set off from the candy-cane-like lighthouse for a stunning headland walk past cliffs and lush forest.

La Verna Preserve Forests, tidal pools and a wave-crashed shoreline on Pemaquid Point.

Cliff Walk A dramatic 1-mile walk along the shoreline in the Yorks that indeed lives up to its name.

Portland Head Light A much-photographed lighthouse on pretty Cape Elizabeth, just south of Portland.

Marginal Way A mile-long path that offers marvelous views of the shoreline as well as some of Ogunquit's finest homes.

Eastern Promenade Take a 2-mile stroll or bike ride for sweeping views across Casco Bay.

Great Head One of the best coastal walks in Acadia National Park.

Bar Island Trail At low tide you can stroll out to this island near Bar Harbor and take in views of the exposed sea bed.

Islands

Monhegan Island Escape the worries of the world out on this cliff-lined island with picturesque hikes and pretty vantage points.

Sears Island Get a dose of nature on this uninhabited island near Searsport.

Deer Isle A place that's packed with surprises: tiny towns, good restaurants and a surreal sculpture garden/jam maker.

Isle au Haut Fabulous shoreline hikes with a fraction of the visitors of nearby Acadia National Park.

Little Cranberry Island Find peace and quiet (and seafood) on a memorable detour while visiting Mount Desert Island.

Campobello Island Just across the border in Canada, this pretty island has trails, lighthouses and historic sights related to President FDR.

Hiking

Baxter State Park Offering the best hiking anywhere in Maine, with picturesque trails for all skill levels.

Precipice Trail Acadia-bound hikers who aren't afraid of perilous cliff-top hikes are drawn to this short but challenging hike.

Cutler Coast Public Lands Set out early, as you'll want to hike the whole length of this spectacular 9-mile return trail.

Cadillac Mountain Take one of many trails up to the highest peak in Acadia National Park.

Grafton Notch State Park Home to fantastic hikes, from short ascents to lookouts to longer hikes (including part of the Appalachian Trail).

Camden Hills State Park You'll find over a dozen memorable trails near Camden, including a hike overlooking Megunticook Lake.

Acadia Mountain A less trafficked trail in the namesake national park, with fine views of the Somes Sound.

La Verna Preserve A small reserve with short hikes near Pemaquid Point.

Dodge Point Preserve Walk off those oysters at this forested shoreline park near Damariscotta.

Outdoor Activities

Kayaking Go to Castine for rewarding kayaking tours, including a bioluminescent night paddle with Castine Kayak Adventures.

Sailing Enjoy Maine's spectacular coastline from the water aboard a wooden tall ship, such as the Appledore II, out of Camden.

Canoeing Paddling across peaceful forest-fringed lakes in Baxter State Park.

Skiing Head to Sugarloaf, one of Maine's biggest and best ski resorts, for downhill and cross-country skiing.

Wildlife-watching Look for Maine's biggest land animal on a moose-watching safari run by Northwoods Outfitters.

White-water Rafting Memorable one- and two-day rafting trips amid pristine wilderness with Three Rivers Whitewater.

Ziplining Feel the rush as you soar over the treetops on a Sunday River Zipline Tour.

Whale-watching Look for giants of the sea on a cruise with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

Beaches

Ogunquit Beach Frolic on this family-friendly 3-mile stretch of sand.

Sand Beach Down East Maine isn't known for its sandy beaches, which makes this beautiful stretch of shore worth seeking out.

Jasper Beach There's no sand, just a vast shoreline covered in polished rocks, which create a meditative soundscape amid the waves.

Popham Beach State Park A gorgeous stretch of sand with views of offshore islands, located on the Phippsburg Peninsula.

Reid State Park A picturesque and windswept beach with great surfing near Bath.

York Harbor Beach A family favorite with tranquil seas and tidal pools to explore.

East End Beach A great place for a bit of beach fun in Portland.

Ferry Beach State Park Enjoy the summertime at this forested shoreline park near Saco.

Art

Portland Museum of Art A must-see in Portland, with works by New England artists and international luminaries.

Farnsworth Art Museum A showcase of sublime works by Maine artists.

Colby College Museum of Art An impressive collection of modern and contemporary works.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Rockland's stage for thought-provoking exhibitions.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, A small but beautifully curated museum at one of Maine's finest universities, in Brunswick.

Abbe Museum This small museum in Bar Harbor displays beautifully crafted artifacts from Maine's Native American peoples.

Nervous Nellie's Jams & Jellies A surreal landscape created by artist Peter Beerits on Deer Isle.

Wilson Museum Wondrous collection of indigenous artifacts from around the globe.

Fall Foliage

Camden Hills State Park Make the climb up Mt Battie to take in the fiery colors of autumn.

Pemaquid Lighthouse Park Fabulous reds and golds blanketing the forested shoreline.

Linekin & Burley Preserves Take in the richly hued forests near Boothbay Harbor.

Bonyun Preserve A small but impressively diverse forest preserve just south of Wiscasset.

Acadia National Park Walk to the top of a mountain trail for views over the rocky coast and the luminescent forests along the shoreline.

Grafton Notch State Park Hike the trails up to lookouts that offer jaw-dropping views over the Technicolor wilderness.

Height of Land A must-see of the Rangeley Lake area, this lookout offers one of New England's best views of lakes and mountains.

Baxter State Park Camp, hike or canoe amid the vibrant early October colors.