Welcome to Maine
Maine is virtually synonymous with its rugged coastline, sandy beaches and remote offshore islands. RVers are drawn to its natural beauty in each of its travel regions.
Start your trip in Aroostook County. Located at the northernmost tip of Maine, Aroostook County is a place of wild beauty. It's home to 2,000 bodies of water, including those of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that attract people eager to launch canoes and kayaks.
Most of Madawaska's residents are descendents of French Acadians who settled the area in 1785.
The Downeast and Acadia Region is known for its rocky coastline, lighthouses on distant promontories, scenic harbors packed with fishing boats, and mountains-to-the sea views.
For outdoor beauty, the jewel of the region is Acadia National Park, which is located mostly on islands, primarily Mount Desert Island. Hike Acadia's granite peaks, bike along historic carriage roads, and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Major attractions of Acadia National Park are Cadillac Mountain. Look for more destinations in the following pages.
Kennebec & Moose River Valley
The highlights of this pristine, wooded region of inland Maine are outdoor recreation, and the capital city of Augusta, a place of historic buildings and antique shops. The Forks—where the Dead and Kennebec rivers join—is the state's hot spot for whitewater rafting. The 12-mile Kennebec River trip begins on Indian Pond and roars through the spectacular Upper Kennebec Gorge.
People who enjoy the outdoors at a slower pace can drive Route 201 and the Old Canada Road through lovely woodlands and old-time villages like Solon and Bingham.
Augusta, the state capital and gateway to the region, is anchored by its State House (1829) with its impressive 180-foot dome.
Maine Lakes & Mountains
This region, an extension of the majestic White Mountains, is a place of great scenic beauty and unlimited outdoor sports. Rangeley Lake State Park consists of 869 remote acres on the 10-square-mile lake. Another prime spot for outdoors people is the 3,000-acre Grafton Notch State Park where people can sightsee, picnic, and hike on 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain. Beauties of the park include the glacier-carved Screw Auger Falls and Mother Walker Falls, Moose Cave, and Spruce Meadow.
Along the Mid-Coast, travelers enjoy all of what has made Maine famous: panoramic water views, lighthouses, and lobsters.
Extending from the Freeport area to Penobscot Bay, the Mid Coast is an idyllic region of rocky inlets, lighthouses, fishing ports, and rugged islands where visitors can explore the coastline, and dine on fresh lobster.
Boothbay Harbor is a busy fishing village where visitors can mingle with local lobstermen and watch boats come and go. For more than 100 years, Monhegan has been a summer haven for artists.
Greater Portland & Casco Bay
Greater Portland, on Casco Bay, is Maine's largest city. The Old Port section, dating from the 1800s, is a first-class shopping and dining district with restaurants, stores, and galleries.