Enjoy a weekend getaway in Maine. Located in the northeast corner of the United States and on the Canadian border, this state is home to historic towns and stunning natural scenery. While summers are warm in this part of the country, you can expect winter breaks to be cold and snowy – which just adds to the state's charm.
Explore town and country on your weekend getaway in Maine
The best weekend getaways in Maine start at the state's beautiful coastline. Coastal Maine is home to several charming old fishing villages that have become popular visitor attractions. Kennebunkport and Rockport are among the highlights, thanks to their quaint fishing cottages, charming stores selling souvenirs, and excellent restaurants serving freshly-caught seafood. There are many beautiful beaches along this stretch of coastline, including Singing Beach at Manchester-by-the-Sea, where the sand makes a sound when dry.
Portland, the largest town in the state, is a good place to base yourself on a weekend getaway in Maine. The city is home to several historical buildings, including the Portland Observatory and the 19th-century Fort Gorges, which is situated on Hog Island Ledge and only reachable by private boat or water taxi. If you’re traveling with your family, the kids will live Palace Playland at Portland beach.
Maine's natural scenery is one of the main reasons the area is so popular with visitors. You can explore the steep cliffs and rocky beaches of Mount Desert Island’s Acadia National Park, or enjoy the scenic views from Owl's Head State Park just south of Rockland, also home to a historic lighthouse. Head inland to Baxter State Park to see its wild forest, lakes, rivers, and 200 miles of hiking trails suitable for summer and winter use.