(Editor’s Note – This original post from January 2012 has been updated to reflect current Maine vacation details.)
Unofficially titled “Vacationland,” Maine is best visited during the crisp autumn months when fall foliage tours are popular and the landscape turns to all kinds of magnificent hues of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Fall colors tours in Maine are also great when coastal villages are serving up fresh seafood, including the sweetest lobster in the world.
Maine’s top 3 destinations include:
- Portland ME
- Lakes and Mountains region
- Kennebunkport ME
A vacation in Maine is not complete without spending a few hours in picture-perfect Portland ME, or driving through Maine’s popular regions for natural Lakes & Mountains. We also recommend taking a day or two to enjoy the old world fishing village of Kennebunkport, Maine.
Portland, ME – Ranked 4th In Top 10 Perfect Places to Live in America
The city of Portland Maine is built on a peninsula extending into the Casco Bay. While it is considered a modern urban center, Portland ME still clings to its old historic character.
Portland ME maintains its “small town feel” through its collection of historic buildings, breathtaking setting, and its traditional waterfront district. The remarkable architecture and cobblestone streets of the “Old Port” bring both Maine vacationers and residents back in time to the old Atlantic seaside fishing village.
While vacationing in Portland ME, it will quickly become evident why this New England city is named one of the ten safest, most culturally fascinating cities in the US, and furthermore, why it’s among the 10 most perfect places to live in America. Each year over 3.6 million tourists visit the city to enjoy its lively ‘yesteryear’ charm.
Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Region
New England’s Maine is spotted with hundreds of glacial lakes in an area known as the Lakes and Mountains Region. This region offers activities and Maine vacation attractions year round, with a display of brilliant fall colors come autumn.
The Scenic Byway gives visitors some of the best views of New England’s fall foliage during peak season, when guided New England fall foliage tours are abundant. There are also six covered bridges in the area that were originally built in the late 1800’s (and early 1900’s) as a path for horse drawn carriages to cross rivers without the threat of being carried away downstream. Each of the six Maine covered bridges offers remarkable photo opportunities.
Dubbed as the “Place to Be All Year,” Kennebunkport is a small seaside community located on the Southern tip of Maine, New England, just 90 miles north of Boston. Like Portland ME, Kennebunkport also maintains Maine’s old world fishing village feel. Lobstermen still power the Atlantic waters and bring to shore some of the best tasting, sweetest lobster in the world. A number of seaside restaurants serve up fresh seafood delicacies for Maine vacationers and locals to enjoy. A walk along Ocean Avenue past President Bush’s summer home is the perfect way to spend a couple hours in Kennebunkport, ME.
Maine Vacation Attractions Are Part of New England Fall Tours
Caravan has been offering fully guided tours since 1952. New England fall foliage tours by Caravan include traveling along Maine’s rocky Atlantic coast with a stop in Portland ME, and a one-night stay in Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort.
These fully escorted, all inclusive Maine vacations are offered between May and October with peak fall foliage tour times in September and October. Caravan’s New England’s fall foliage tour also includes some of the top things to do in Massachusetts like Martha’s Vineyard and Plymouth Rock. Call Caravan Tours at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for more info or to book a tour.