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It's been too long. The outdoors are calling. And Maine is ready to welcome you back. Start planning your next adventure with some of the best day trips in Maine, curated by Mainers.


Aroostook County

Maine's northernmost county is draped in sprawling forests and dotted with mountain peaks. Considering it's bigger than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined, you'll run out of energy before you run out of hiking, mountain biking, ATV and cross-country ski trails.

Travel the Aroostook Valley Trail

The trail wanders for 28 miles through northeastern Maine, through deep woods and past open fields and potato farms.

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Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

The area, once overflown by Air Force bombers, now offers a wild and quiet place for wildlife watchers and birders alike.

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DownEast & Acadia

Downwind from shipping ports like New York and Boston. And to the east. That's how you get DownEast. Defined by booming ocean, craggy coastline, and inland beauty, the region's natural wonder continues far beyond Acadia National Park, so we'd recommend you do the same.

Winter in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is open in the winter and offers numerous activities for those who don’t let a little snow stop their outdoor fun.

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Visit Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Visitors can walk along old roads and trails to discover the unique and varied ecosystems protected here for a truly unspoiled piece of Maine.

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Greater Portland & Casco Bay

Art? Absolutely. Shows? Sure enough. Food? Really good food? Probably more than you can handle in one trip. So, plan two. Or three. Or however many it takes to get to know this culturally diverse corner of Maine.

Portland Freedom Trail

Learn about Maine's African American history by following their footsteps for about two miles through downtown Portland.

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Maine Foodie Tours

Working with chefs and purveyors, brew masters, bakers, distillers, chocolatiers and more, Maine Foodie Tours is headquartered in Portland and offers experiences in several Maine communities.

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The Kennebec Valley

The Kennebec Valley is a gift of the 170-mile Kennebec River that rolls, and sometimes rocks, from Moosehead Lake in the north to the Atlantic Ocean. Test your mettle on some rapids, cast a line, explore the Appalachian Trail, or just sit back and enjoy the waterfalls.

Viles Arboretum

Just a few minutes from the Maine State House in Augusta is a quiet oasis brimming with plants and trees and lined with shaded walks.

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Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Beginning just an hour from Portland and reaching to the Canadian border, Maine's Lakes & Mountains region is home to ten of the state's highest peaks, our largest ski resorts and plenty of opportunities to paddle, cast and cannonball.

Small and Medium-sized Ski Resorts

Finding a great ski area is like finding a secret powder stash. In Maine’s Lakes & Mountain region, there are plenty.

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Pineland Farms

Pineland Farms in New Gloucester is a working farm and business campus that offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities and educational family fun.

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Maine's MidCoast & Islands

Scale a mountain, turn your head and see islands punctuating the sparkling sea. Maine's MidCoast & Islands region specializes in breathtaking vistas, which is probably why some of America's greatest painters called this place home.

Explore Camden Hills

This wonderous park is perched atop Mt. Battie, a hub of wildflowers and unique bird species.

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Ice Climbing in Camden

It seems impossible. There, hanging from a frozen waterfall, are climbers inching upwards. How did they get there? Are those people nuts?

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The Maine Beaches

Maine might be known for its dramatic and rugged coastline, but just one hour north of Boston and a stone's throw from Portland you'll find wide sandy beaches. There's nothing like a sun-soaked beach day. And there's no place quite like a Maine beach.

Winter Beach Walks

The beauty of the Maine coast is perennial, but winter is perfect for beach walks.

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The Maine Highlands

The highest peak. And the largest lake. Just two of the natural wonders you'll encounter in the Maine Highlands. And if you make your way to Baxter State Park, you'll probably be able to add a moose to that list.

Discover a B52 Crash Site

Near northern Maine's Moosehead Lake, you'll find a quiet mountain trail that wanders through an unusual memorial to American aviators and the Cold War.

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Exploring Bangor

Birth place of Paul Bunyan, Bangor is home to many attractions, inlcuding Stephen King's home. Take a self-guided tour around town and visit Bangor City Forest.

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