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Outdoor Adventure in Maine
Discover the Great Outdoors
Maine boasts a wealth of outdoor adventures and recreational activities, so you can spend a few days hiking the trails, biking around scenic forests, and enjoying the great outdoors at your leisure. You’ll have access to some of New England’s most beautiful parks and natural territories as you make your way through Maine so be sure to stop by destinations like Acadia National Park and Roosevelt Campobello International Park to make the most of your visit.
Leaf peeping in Maine during the fall months is a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. Maine’s tranquil atmosphere and scenic forests are a haven for leaf peeping tours and outdoor activities. You can enjoy some of the best views of the foliage from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Bangor. It’s the tallest bridge observatory in the world and provides a bird’s-eye-view of Maine’s beautiful fall colors.
Acadia National Park is another destination that’s perfect for leaf peeping tours. The park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres of land and is an idyllic spot to go picnicking, biking, hiking, and trail walking. The park is one of the most scenic recreational areas along the Atlantic Coast and sits mostly on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. The park is a popular spot for wildlife viewing because you can catch a glimpse of the bear, whales, moose, and seabirds here. Bar Harbor is located a short drive north of the park, an eclectic destination that hosts several annual outdoor festivals throughout the year. You can take a tour of the Bar Harbor Oceanarium or head off on a whale watching tour as you make your way out to Nova Scotia.
Alpine skiing is a popular activity throughout the state of Maine and you’ll find several ski areas where you can enjoy the great outdoors from a fresh perspective. You’ll want to set your sights on venues like the Camden Snow Bowl, Baker Mountain, and Shawnee Park during New England’s ski season. The Greater Bangor Ski Area is home to six ski trails, including Lazy Lane, Cloud Nine, and Lake View. You can even go night skiing in Hermon Mountain or take skiing and snowboarding lessons. Head to the Lost Valley Ski Area about 100 miles southwest of Hermon Mountain to discover 45 skiable acres of land. This ski area has a vertical drop of 240 feet and features cross-country ski trails and one terrain park.
Kayaking and canoeing activities are popular during the summer months, so you can spend some time exploring the ponds, oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water around the coastline. Discover hidden coves, beautiful beaches, and remote islands around the coast of Maine on any given day. Make your way to Millinocket to enjoy an adventure around Millinocket Lake. You can enjoy a whitewater rafting trip, head off on a moose or wildlife tour, or enjoy a fishing excursion around the lake to make the most of your visit.
Many beaches around Maine are ideal for surfing and paddle boarding activities. Maine has earned its reputation as a surfing destination and has several rideable waves for surfing enthusiasts. Head to a local paddle shop for SUP rentals and other paddle boarding gear to make the most of your experience.
Head off on a sailing adventure in Portland where you can hop aboard a traditional sailing vessel or charter boat to enjoy the spectacular views of the Maine coastline. The Portland Schooner Co. offers two-hour public sails and overnight windjammer cruises on original wooden schooners throughout the year. Maine is also homie to more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, making it an idyllic destination for fishing. Anglers can head to one of several boat launch access points to go on a fishing excursion and enjoy fresh water fishing during prime fishing seasons.
Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or love to ski, you’ll find a wealth of interesting things to do and places to explore around the state of Maine year-round.