The inside scoop. The best places to go. The real story. Traveling with a local who knows these things can truly make a vacation. And the Pine Tree State is famous for its guides. Guided trips and tours abound in Maine, and they run the gamut from classic fishing trips to walking tours through historic villages. Whatever your interest, you'll likely find someone here who'll happily take you.
Registered Maine Guides are known far and wide for their outdoor skills, and they'll be your hosts on just about every kind of natural adventure. Guides here specialize in timeless sports like hunting and fishing but they also offer more unique outings like mushroom hunting and dogsledding and winter camping. They'll take you on a moose safari, paddling around in float tubes looking for big bulls, or guide you on a hair-raising whitewater raft trip down one of the state's raging rivers. They'll lead you in search of rare birds and ever rarer wildflowers, and take you on overnights to remote islands.
Many guides belong to either the Maine Professional Guides Association or the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization. Saltwater kayak guides have their own outfit, the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides. All of these are good places to turn for more information. Many of the large sporting goods stores sponsor their own trips, from kayaking to cross-country skiing. And many commercial boat operators have guided naturalist tours that head out in search of whales and puffins, or moose and birds.
But the outdoors isn't the only world to explore with guides. Several Maine communities offer historic walking tours lead by knowledgeable volunteers. Museums have docents who'll give you a private look at their facilities. You can get a guided tour of several historic homes and forts and lighthouses. You'll find narrated bus tours and boat tours and train tours and trolley tours offered in various towns and cities. You can ride along on a guided tour of Portland in an amphibious vehicle or ship out on a guided tour of the bottom of the sea in Bar Harbor. And in York you can even find a spooky guided ghost tour.
Whatever you want to see, let a Maine guide show the way.