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Miles of rugged coastline to explore, rampaging rivers to kayak and playful seals to encounter – Maine is New England at its very best.
Sample delicious fresh lobster, laze on pebbled beaches or sip craft beer in the small but achingly hip city of Portland. The sheer range of experiences on offer in the state is a big part of its appeal.
Deciding on the best time to visit Maine can be a tough call. That’s largely because each season brings with it a whole bunch of things to see and do. Ask people who have been and each will give you a completely different answer about the best time to visit, so you need to think about what you want to get form your trip.Guide-Flights
If you’re visiting for sunshine, then June through August is the time to go for the best beach weather. July is packed with beer festivals but this summer period also brings the crowds and higher room rates.
The fall is famed for its color changes, with brilliant hues of browns and oranges all around.
Winter is the time for skiing and snowmobiling and as spring arrives, and brings the sunshine back, the state once again bursts into life.
For the cheapest deals on flights and accommodation, visit in November and January, known as ‘shoulder season’
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Located on the west side of the city of Bangor, this is the second largest airport in the state with around 300,000 people flying in and out each year. It serves the areas of central eastern and northern Maine, as well as some parts of Canada. There are up to 20 daily departures with a number of major domestic carriers.
The largest airport in the state sees around 1.7 million passengers each year pass through its doors. In recent years it has become a hub for low-cost carriers and is the most affordable airport in the region. A recent $75 million expansion project has added more services and amenities for passengers.
There is a good choice of major domestic and low-cost carriers offering daily services to Maine.
Most major cities in the northwest of the US have direct flights to at least one of the state’s main airports. Travelers from further afield may have to change on route. Once landed, renting a car is always a good option in Maine. These are available from a choice of agencies at the airport. The state is large and fairly scarcely populated so a car gives you more freedom than relying on public transport. However, in some areas around Bangor, even public roads are rare so it’s worth planning your journey. For more adventurous travelers it is also possible to hire camper vans for your Maine adventure.
Public bus services connect the major towns and cities, with Greyhound lines stopping in Portland, Brunswick, Lewistown, Augusta and more. Other bus companies running services include Concord and Cyr Bus Lines.
Often referred to as one of the coolest small cities in the US, Portland is full of hip young things sipping delicious craft beer. It’s the biggest city in the state, with its Museum of Art a real standout attraction. The Portland Observatory is a historic landmark and offers incredible views of the waterfront.
The quintessential Maine village located just along the Penobscot Bay. Wander around this picturesque setting, enjoying the eclectic array of cafes, galleries and shopping options on offer.
Acadia National Park
With almost 50,000 acres to explore primarily on Mount Desert Island, this is a landscape of woodland cascading down to rocky beaches. Huge granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain tower over the park, and a variety of bird, land and marine life call this place home.
Maine is on Eastern Time with seasonal variations during the year for Daylight Savings periods.
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