Our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series will conclude with a series of posts containing suggestions to help you plan your trip to Maine.
In each of the preceding posts in this series, we have provided links to the State of Maine tourism site, as well as the Maine Tourism site, and the regional sites for the region discussed in the post. We have also provided selected links to some of the attractions in the regions. These all provide a good starting point for gathering information. Now let's put it together in a trip.
Of course, your own interests will dictate whether you try to see a bit of each region of Maine, or whether you focus on particular areas, or just one area. In addition, the time you can allocate will also determine how much you can see. We'll provide two sample itineraries by type of region, as well as samples of differing duration. You should be able to mix-'n-match the parts you like and the time you have available. Since the largest number of our visitors come from the south, we'll begin there. Of course, if you're coming from the north or west, you can change the starting point and carry on from there.
We'll begin this series-within-a-series with a wilderness trip plan.
Days 1 and 2: Rangeley, Maine
Arrive by road, either from Boston (about 5 hours), Manchester, NH (4.5 hours), Portland, Maine (3 hours). Canoe or kayak on Rangeley Lake, or any of the rivers and streams nearby. Drive out State Route 16 at dawn or dusk to see moose grazing along the road. Hike at Rangeley Lake State Park.
Days 3 and 4: Moosehead Lake, Maine
Drive to Moosehead Lake (about 5 or 5.5 hours). Enjoy the magnificent scenery, along the way. If you start by dawn, you may even see more moose.
Canoe or kayak on Moosehead Lake. Try fly fishing for trout. Hike, camp, canoe, and generally relax!
Days 5 and 6: Baxter State Park, Maine
Enjoy the drive (about 3-4 hours) and the views! If you're up to it, climb Mount Katahdin, at almost a mile above sea level, Maine's highest peak.
Days 7 and 8: Aroostook County, Maine
Drive south to Millinocket, then work your way to the tip of Maine, Aroostook County. Visit Caribou, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, and other small towns along the Canadian border.
Enjoy the trip! We'll have another itinerary in our post next week.