We recently spent time exploring Bar Harbor, Maine for the first time. I was blown away with how beautiful Maine is, and how easy it is to fall in love with this area of the US! If you’ve been considering a new travel destination, here are a few reasons why I think Maine should be bumped up on your list:
Acadia National Park
This park is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever been in. Located off the Atlantic coastline, you can find beautiful shorelines, islands, mountains, and historic lighthouses. If you’re adventurous there are tons of hiking areas to explore the park, along with rock climbing, biking, kayaking, swimming or fishing. If you want to drive through, you can take the 3-4 hour (27-mile) loop in your own car or hop on one of the tour trolleys (during tourist season). During the cold months, some of these roads are closed for snow skiing or cross country skiing (they get tons of snow here!). If you’re lucky, you can whale watch or take a whale watching excursion. Regardless of what you do, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the “crown jewel of the North Atlantic coast”, breathe in that crisp, clean air, and observe many habitats of biodiversity throughout the park.
There is something for everyone
Whether you are craving ocean views, lake views, or mountain views, or just love beautiful lighthouses you can get it all in Maine. The stunning coastline, rich cultural heritage, and quaint little fishing towns offers something for everyone. Cities to explore (like Portland, Bangor, Augusta, and Bar Harbor) offer some amazing food, entertainment, views, and culture. There are several B&B’s throughout the coast, perfect for romantic getaways. If you have a Stephen King lover in your family, make sure to visit his house in Bangor! We loved Bar Harbor and would recommend this stop to everyone for its adorable little town.
More than just great Lobster
Many of the coastal towns in Maine are known for their mouthwatering lobster- but have you heard about their blueberries? New England locals will tell you all about their blueberries, and offer them in several forms to you. Beer? Pie? Muffins? Cobblers? Salsa? Yes, please. Maine’s blueberry season is from late July to mid-September. Enjoy blueberries, as well as blueberry related festivals and bake-offs during this season. The saying “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos… and blueberries” is often heard here, as Acadia visitors can pick 1 dry half gallon of blueberries a day during season.
We loved Maine and cannot wait to go back to explore even more. I will be bringing back my Nikon to capture even more beautiful photos! Have you been to Maine? Are you planning a trip? Let me know what your favorite parts are or what’s on your bucket list!