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Maine Tent Camping Trip
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US-2 snakes its way into Maine from New Hampshire and passes through the dense and remote, west central regions of Maine. As the road winds east, you’ll be swept up by nostalgia visiting towns like Bangor and Newport on this Maine tent camping adventure.
The terrain is consistently pretty in western Maine as you reach the first major town, Bethel. Take your shot at 18 holes at the historic and renowned Bethel Inn and Country Club, drawing duffers from around the region, and the country. Another local favorite in the winter, as well as summer, is the Sunder River Ski Area located just north of town. En route to the ski area, look out for the Artist Covered Bridge, just in case you need more visual clues that you’re deep in New England. There are also several Maine tent campgrounds in the area for you to check out.
Maintain a steady eastbound heading on this Main tent camping trip and when you arrive in Wilton, consider giving your feet a gift at the G. H. Bass Company, maker of those world-famous loafers for more than 100 years. Right next door to the mill is a fine little museum, the Wilton Farm and Home, created to educate visitors about the history of life in this mountainous western region of the state.
Farmington is your next stop along US-2. For those of you who really like to be in-the-know, Farmington happens to be the “Earmuff Capital of the World.” Also home to the University of Maine, the town has a charming downtown area loaded with shops and restaurants, perfect for a casual day on foot. Just south of Farmington, is the Belgrade Lakes Region, a series of seven lakes scattered around the area. The area was a popular resort in the mid-1900s. Quaint hamlets can be found around nearly every corner of each lake and makes for excellent exploration in this unique section of northeast America.
Soon enough the road leads to Bangor, the largest city in northern Maine. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you drive by the 30-foot Paul Bunyan statue as you enter town. Born during the rough-and-tumble heyday of the lumber industry, Bangor is a charming city located along the scenic Penobscot River with plenty to do and see. Fantastic 19th century architecture highlights much of the downtown area, which is also dotted with bookstores, cafes, shops, and great restaurants.
The highway continues north through Island Falls and turns east to exit Maine after Houlton. Continue your journey by jumping on US-3 southeast until you reach two of Maine’s favorite destinations, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor is a jumping little village during the summer months and for decades has been a favorite retreat for New Englanders. Hadley's Point Campground is one of the great Maine tent campgrounds to check out in the area.
There are an abundance of shopping and dining venues here in Bar Harbor in addition to Maine tent camping, so fill up before heading into the natural wonderland of Acadia National Park. It’s arguably the finest park east of the Mississippi, where the lush greenery of western Maine meets the stunning coastline of the eastern region. You’ll find a profusion of outdoor recreation opportunities around the area and, with a little luck, you can observe some of the darling puffins, a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts spending time in the park.
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