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Start planning your next adventure with some of the best day trips in Maine, curated by Mainers.


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The Maine Oyster Trail

Whether you want to shuck, taste, learn from the experts or just grab and go, there’s no better way to appreciate the fresh reward of Maine oysters.

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Snow Tubing

Kids and kids at heart will love the thrill of snow tubing, and the best place for that kind of downhill fun is at one of Maine's tubing parks.

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Drive ME Historic Tours

Maine Preservation created historic mapped out tours to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial, featuring pre-statehood places and the people who forged early Maine.

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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.

Aroostook State Park Hiking

In northern Maine's Aroostook State Park, a few hours of spirited hiking will reward you with some great views.

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Snowmobiling in Aroostook County

Aroostook County's hearty snowfall, paired with the vastness of the landscape, makes it an ideal place for dashing through the miles of white on a snowmobile.

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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.

Bar Harbor in the Off-season

Serene but no less sensational, Bar Harbor is easy to fall in love with all over again during the off-season.

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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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Eastport New Year's Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop

This quirky tradition draws many to the outside of the Tides Institute in downtown Eastport. Explore The Commons Eastport for Maine made products and art.

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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.

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

Just five minutes from Portland, immerse yourself in nature, with 65 acres of rolling lands and trails that extend through forest, meadow, orchard and salt marsh.

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Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

The entire family will enjoy the museum’s state-of-the-art theater, science center, arts workshop and numerous exhibits geared toward infants, toddlers and teens.

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36 Hours in Freeport

Known for being a favorite shopping destination in New England because of its brand-name outlets and local boutiques, Freeport is that and so much more.

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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.

Kennebec River Rail Trail

The 6.5-mile trail, spanning Gardiner to Augusta, offers the best of both worlds: all-season recreational opportunities along the scenic Kennebec River and access points to several fascinating towns.

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Colby Museum of Art

Considered one of the best academic museums in the country, with a focus on American and contemporary art, you can spend an entire day enjoying the museum’s many permanent collections.

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Viles Arboretum

With 224 acres and six miles of trails, several botanical collections and local art, Viles Arboretum is a year-round destination for exploration, reflection, education and just plain fun.

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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.

Family Friendly Ski Resorts

Maine's Lakes and Mountains region hosts Maine’s Big Three resorts—Saddleback, Sugarloaf and Sunday River—along with a cadre of small and medium-sized areas.

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36 Hours in Rangeley

Among the picture-perfect western Maine mountains and pristine waterways is the Rangeley Lakes Region where you’ll discover a myriad of outdoor activities, whatever the season.

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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.

Boothbay Lights and Gardens Aglow

Bursting with quintessential seaside charm, this year’s Boothbay Lights holiday festival has events to delight the whole family.

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Owls Head Transportation Museum

Owls Head Transportation Museum houses over 150 antique automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, engines and more.

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36 Hours in Brunswick

A designated Main Street Community and the epitome of a college town, with the Androscoggin River to the north, Casco Bay to the south, and the Brunswick Town Mall — a greenspace with a seasonal farmers market and live music.

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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.

Christmas Prelude

Kennebunkport, Maine is one of the best Christmas towns in the world and the Christmas Prelude activities will delight the entire family.

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Wells Reserve at Laudholm

The reserve spans 2,250 protected acres of field, salt marsh and beach. Take time to wind through a wooded trail, walk the open coastline or take part in a guided kayak tour.

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36 Hours in Ogunquit

Ogunquit offers expansive sandy beaches, dramatic rocky cliffs and a charming harborside town — in addition to world-class dining and resort experiences.

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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.

Zillman Art Museum

Discover Zillman Art Museum, known for its modern and contemporary art, having just reopened its doors in downtown Bangor.

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36 Hours in Bangor

Bangor is home to many of Maine’s unique attractions, from spots that inspired author Stephen King’s spooky-sensational books to a thriving arts, dining and shopping scene.

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36 Hours in Greenville

Greenville is known for its proximity to Moosehead Lake, but there are plenty of additional natural wonders, activities, restaurants and lodging options, making it a great place for a getaway.

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