Summer is a wonderful time to travel, given the beautiful weather and endless options of activity. However, COVID-19 has put a restriction on where exactly you can travel to, making this summer’s vacation plans a bit different than you may have anticipated. That said, there is nothing better than summer in Maine – everyone who lives in this state knows it to be true! With state restrictions continuing to gradually lessen, there are nearly endless amazing local travel destinations Maine has to offer.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites!
Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor
Maine’s only national park makes for an unbelievable weekend road trip, especially during the summer and fall months! Explore the rugged coast that has inspired Maine artists for centuries.
Serving as the “home base” for exploring Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor’s town center is the epitome of classic summertime Maine. There are dozens of seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, local boutiques and beautiful waterfront views.
One of the best ways to see both Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park is by bicycle! Whether you bring your own or rent one when you get there, there is so much to see and do by bike. They even have a free bike-friendly shuttle that links the town with Acadia, since the park offers endless places to cycle and explore.
There is no better day trip than down to Kennebunkport! This stylish little town is spotted with pristine beaches and a quaint downtown area full of local shops. Spend the day sunning yourself on one of the many shores, grab a cocktail overlooking the Kennebunk River at an outdoor restaurant, and grab a twin lobster dinner to top it all off. The perfect day!
The beautiful city of Portland can’t be missed! Now considered one of the best food cities in the country, Portland has it all – delicious cuisine, stunning views, quaint cobblestone streets, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. The city has just started opening up outdoor and sidewalk restaurants, so you can still enjoy your favorite meals (or try something new!) while staying safe outside. Cumberland Crossing by OceanView is just a few miles north of Portland, so you can be there in no time at all. The stunning city skyline awaits!
Harpswell makes for an iconic coastal experience and is the perfect weekend getaway. Think country stores, seafood shacks, and picturesque fishing villages. Make sure you walk the Giant’s Stairs to the edge of the Atlantic on Bailey Island, check out the Eagle Island State Historic Site, and eat as much lobster as possible!
The best way to enjoy the Belfast Lakes region is by vacation rental, whether it be a long weekend or full week of relaxation. Beach walks, lobster rolls, miles of peaceful lakes and endless forest are just some of the beautiful perks to enjoy. Plus, this is one of the lesser-known areas to tourists, so it tends to be a more low-key, quieter destination.
A bit under-the-radar, Bridgton is set right in the center of Maine’s stunning Lakes Region, among the best destinations for freshwater activities. Rent a canoe or kayak for a day of paddling on one of the local lakes, or pack your fishing gear and throw in a line! After all, what says summer more than a freshly-caught fish dinner?
Make the most of this summer by exploring the beauty in your own backyard with some of the best local travel destinations Maine has to offer. Local travel is a great way to stay safe and stimulate the local economy while having a grand adventure! Plus, Cumberland Crossing by OceanView is centrally located, just a few miles north of Portland, making it convenient and easy to travel to any of these incredible destinations.
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