The Best Vacation Places in Maine

Maine is the beautiful northernmost state of New England and is famous for its rocky, rugged coastline, low mountains, thick forests and seafood (particularly lobster). From exquisite lakes and mountains to valleys, there are countless wonderful vacation spots in the state of Maine. If you are an outdoorsy type, Maine is the place to visit.
Rangeley Lakes

Rangeley Lakes in Maine is a lovely, quaint vacation spot that spans approximately 6,300 acres. This vast state park is ideal for recreational activities like camping, swimming, picnicking and boating. Nestled in one of the most picturesque parts of Maine (the Western Mountains), Rangeley Lakes is also well known for fishing (trout, salmon and anglers). There are also many beautiful and scenic hiking trails at the park.

Rangeley Lake State Park
HC 32 Box 5000
Rangeley, ME 04970
(207) 864-3858

Ogunquit

The small town of Ogunquit is located on Maine's scenic south coast. This area is often referred to as the "Gateway to Maine" and is famous for its lovely beaches and elegant towns, such as Ogunquit. From beaches of pure platinum, fine sand to the beautiful Perkins Cove and many quaint boutiques, Ogunquit is an idyllic place to go fishing, swimming, sunbathing or even browsing in local art galleries.

Ogunquit Information
23 School Street
P.O. Box 875
Ogunquit ME 03907
(207) 646-5139

Kennebunk

Kennebunk is another gorgeous southern coastal town in Maine. This is a popular destination due to its many lovely beaches and rocky coastlines. There are a lot of fun recreational activities to do while vacationing in Kennebunk, like taking lobster boat cruises, going on a guided night tour of the area's historic inns, picking blueberries, visiting Walker's Point, which is the summertime residence of former president George Bush the Senior, and much more.

Kennebunk Information
P.O. Box 740
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 967-0857

The Forks

The Forks is part of the Kennebeck and Moose River Valley area of Maine and is a popular place for engaging in whitewater rafting. There are well over a dozen whitewater rafting companies located at the Forks. Right in the area you will also find the lovely Moxie Falls, which is famous for being one of the tallest waterfalls in all of Maine.

Forks Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1
West Forks, ME 04985
(207) 663-2121

Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth is in the greater Portland area of Maine and is a small, picturesque town full of interesting tourist attractions, such as Crescent beach State Park (excellent for swimming, picnicking and sunbathing), Two Lights State Park (idyllic locale for a laid-back clambake or barbecue in the true Maine style) and the famous Portland Head Light lighthouse and museum.

Town of Cape Elizabeth
P.O. Box 6260
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-5251

Isabel Prontes is a freelance writer and traveler residing in Manhattan, NY. She has traveled to five continents and counting. Her work has appeared on a number of websites, such as Travels, eHow.com and "Happy Living Magazine." Prontes has a professional background in public relations; she received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Pace University.