Sure, the towns of Boothbay Harbor, Camden, and Bar Harbor make for that charming seaside escape Maine aka Vacationland is well known for, but the state is far bigger than its coastline, and its natural landscape provides a contrasting experience for those with a penchant for outdoor adventures. Thick forests cover almost 90 percent of the Pine Tree State, and its landscape is complemented by craggy coves, low-lying wetlands, and the remote mountain peaks. Maine is a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts, and it’s stocked with cabins to rent for your next getaway.
What does a Maine vacation look like? Perhaps a visit to Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park, which boasts sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, spruce-fir forests, and more than 150 miles of hiking trails. Or a trip to Moosehead Lake, the second largest in New England, in the state’s remote northwest forest. (Of course, you can also hole up at a cozy cabin and take in lake views, or oceanfront vistas from the comfort of some fresh linens.)
Explore the more than 60 lighthouses along Maine’s Atlantic Coast, soak in its pretty harbor views, and spend an afternoon going from one lobster shack to the next. But also budget enough time to search for loons and moose, go whitewater rafting, or hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Don’t write off winter, either—snowmobiling is a way of life in Maine and there’s skiing at Sunday River and Sugarloaf. […]