Vacationland

There are many beautiful parts of the United States, but few places compare to the uncorrupted beauty of the Maine outdoors.  As the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi, you will have plenty to explore whether you come to Maine for a weekend or a lifetime.  For simplicity I have broken the diverse geography of Maine into just the northern section and the coastal section.  

Northern Maine

Northern Maine does a great job of catering to winter sports.  Presque Isle and Fort Kent offer two of the premier biathlon and cross-country skiing options in the world, both have recently hosted world-cup caliber events.  So if you want to watch elite competition or do some skiing and snowshoeing of your own, then those are the two stops for you.  There are endless options for ice fishing as well, with all the frozen lakes and rivers dotting the landscape.  If you want to ride on hundreds of undisturbed miles of snowmobile trails the St. John Valley (Madawaska and Fort Kent) are one of the best locations you will ever find (you might even see a moose!).  Don't forget to check out some dog-sled racing while you are up north, Fort Kent offers the 250 mile Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race in March, an amazing event to watch.  Summer options in Northern Maine include great camping, fishing, and lake water sports.  Canoeing the Allagash Waterway, 92 miles of protected lakes, shore, and river corridors isn't for the faint of heart, but has long been a rite of passage for Mainers and visitors.  

Coastal Maine 

Love lighthouses? Lobster? Rocky Coastline? Coastal Maine could offer you the vacation of a lifetime.  Many of the oldest, prettiest lighthouses in the country are bunched up in this area, some have been known to even offer tours of the inside.  Many beaches can be found in the far-southern part of Maine, York and Kennebunk offer especially beautiful beaches.  If you want to go sailing, you should head to Camden to sail the Penobscot Bay on a legendary Windjammer.  Incredible hiking, climbing, biking (mountain and road), sea kayaking, and charming local businesses are offered on Mount Desert Island.  MDI is home to Acadia National Park, one of Maine's finest attractions.  If you get tired of feeling isolated and want to try out Maine's version of city life, head to Portland.  Portland's old-port offers great local cuisine and nightlife, as well as ferry rides and beautiful ocean views.  

Whether you want the charming isolation of rocky coastline, undisturbed waterways, exciting winter sports and water sports, or charming coastal towns, Maine will be a perfect setting for you.