Maine destinations, parks and attractions
Are you going on a road trip to Maine, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?
Here are some of the top destinations in Maine and tips about visiting them
National parks and monuments in Maine
- Acadia National Park,
Bar Harbor, ME.
Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 3.5 million visits a year, it's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
- Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,
Spread across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Woods and Waters invites discovery of its rivers, streams, woods, flora, fauna, geology, and the night skies that have attracted humans for millennia.
- Maine Acadian Culture,
St. John Valley, ME.
Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a common religion, languages, and history. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley.
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park,
Lubec , ME.
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Although he visited less frequently after contracting polio, Campobello remained important to FDR. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
- Saint Croix Island International Historic Site,
The winter of 1604-1605 on Saint Croix Island was a cruel one for Pierre Dugua's French expedition. Iced in by freezing temperatures and cut off from fresh water and game, 35 of 79 men died. As spring arrived and native people traded game for bread, the health of those remaining improved. Although the expedition moved on by summer, the beginning of French presence in North America had begun.
Maine State parks and historic sites
- Allagash Wilderness Waterway
- Androscoggin Riverlands
- Aroostook State Park
- Aroostook Valley Trail
- Bald Mountain Public Land
- Bangor and Aroostook Trail
- Bible Point State Historic Site
- Bigelow Preserve Public Land
- Birch Point State Park
- Bradbury Mountain State Park
- Camden Hills State Park
- Chain of Ponds Public Land
- Chamberlain Lake Public Land
- Cobscook Bay State Park
- Colburn House State Historic Site
- Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
Ft. William Henry
- Crescent Beach State Park
- Cutler Coast Public Land
- Damariscotta Lake State Park
- Dead River Public Land
- Deboullie Public Land
- Dodge Point Public Land
- Donnell Pond Public Land
- Down East Sunrise Trail
- Duck Lake Public Land
- Eagle Island State Historic Site
- Eagle Lake Public Land
- Ferry Beach State Park
- Fort Baldwin State Historic Site
- Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
- Fort Halifax State Historic Site
- Fort Kent State Historic Site
- Fort Knox State Historic Site
- Fort McClary State Historic Site
- Fort OBrien State Historic Site
- Fort Point State Park
- Fort Popham State Historic Site
- Four Ponds Public Land
- Four Seasons Adventure Trail
- Gero Island Public Land
- Grafton Notch State Park
- Great Heath Public Land
- Holbrook Island Sanctuary
- Holeb Public Land
- Katahdin Iron Works
- Kennebec Valley Trail
- Lagrange to Medford Trail
- Lake St. George State Park
- Lamoine State Park
- Lily Bay State Park
- Little Moose Public Land
- Machias River Corridor
- Mackworth Island
- Mahoosuc Public Land
- Moose Point State Park
- Moosehead Lake Public Land
- Mount Kineo State Park
- Mt. Blue State Park
- Nahmakanta Public Land
- Owls Head State Park
- Peaks-Kenny State Park
- Penobscot Narrows Observatory
- Penobscot River Corridor
- Pineland Public Land
- Popham Beach State Park
- Quoddy Head State Park
- Range Pond State Park
- Rangeley Lake State Park
- Reid State Park
- Richardson Public Land
- Rocky Lake Public Land
- Roque Bluffs State Park
- Round Pond Public Land
- Scarborough Beach State Park
- Scopan Public Land
- Scraggly Lake Public Land
- Sebago Lake State Park
- Seboeis Public Land
- Shackford Head State Park
- Sherman to Patten Trail
- Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail
- St. John Valley Heritage Trail
- Storer Garrison State Historic Site
- Swan Lake State Park
- Swans Falls Campground
- Telos Public Land
- Two Lights State Park
- Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
- Warren Island State Park
- Wassataquoik Public Land
- Whaleback Shell Midden
- Whistle Stop Trail
- Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Maine Seasons, bugs, topography and climate
Maine has cold, snowy winters and mild summers. Average annual winter temperatures range from 25°F in the far south to less than 15°F in the northern and interior portions of the state. Summer temperatures range from near 60°F in the far north to near 70°F in the south.!
Maine Camping tips
Make Maine State Park camping reservations here.
It's Maine, so if you are camping at a state park campground, of course there are loads of rules and COVID requirements... even though you are outdoors...
- Family Camping sites are for one family1 or groups of 6 or fewer people.
- ¹ A family is defined as parents and all their unmarried children age 18 years and younger.
- When you make an online reservation you can search for sites that will fit your RV or tent and among all the amenities we offer.
- Each Family Campsite has a picnic table and grill.
- State Park campgrounds are for the exclusive use of registered campers and their invited guests only.
- Larger families and groups may make reservations at our Group campsites.
- Pets are allowed at all campgrounds except Sebago Lake State Park Campground; they must be kept on a leash under the physical control of the handler and must not be left unattended. Pet waste must be picked up immediately and disposed of properly.
- Educational and recreational programs are offered at many of our Family Campgrounds and include special evening and campfire sessions. Call the park to get a copy of their schedule.
- For the events open to both campers and day visitors visit our searchable calendar of events.
- Playgrounds are available at many of the parks. Use our Park Search feature to learn more about the parks and view the amenities each offers.
- If you and your family are seasoned campers you may want to try a backcountry camping experience on the Public Reserved Lands.
- Accessible sites are offered at mainland Family Campgrounds. For specific details contact the park in advance.