Maine Coast Travel Guide: 7 Stops You MUST Make!

This Maine Coast Travel Guide shares my favorite spots along the coast of the beautiful state of Maine. If you’re taking a Maine road trip or just exploring the state, these are some of the best places to visit.

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How to Get to Maine

I flew in to Bangor, Maine and then out of Boston at the end of the trip. Bangor is a smaller airport so it may be more challenging and expensive to get a flight here. Another good option would be flying in and out of Portland, Maine which is a pretty central and popular part of the Maine coast. Or if you’re close enough just drive there from home.

Where to Stop During Your Maine Vacation or Road Trip

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor feels like Stars Hollow IRL. It’s one of the cutest towns I’ve ever visited and makes the perfect home base for exploring Acadia National Park. I’d recommend at least two days here, but you could easily spend a week or longer.


Camden is a great spot to visit for an afternoon or to stay overnight. There’s hiking nearby – I recommend Mt. Battie. Afterwards visit the Sea Dog Brewing Company for some Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale.

My Maine Travel Fave: Rockport & Rockland

These two towns are just a few miles from one another and you can easily explore between the two. You can find award-wining restaurants here and some great dives. These towns are going to be less crowded than some of the other stops so take advantage of the peace and quiet. If you can, get on the water by sailing or paddle boarding/kayaking.

There aren’t many major hotel chains in Maine. I highly recommend trying out Airbnb for your visit. You can get up to $65 off your first Airbnb visit with my referral here.

Read Next: 10+ Things to Do in Rockport & Rockland, ME


To visit the LL Bean Flagship Store! This place is an outdoorsy persons dream. They offer free and inexpensive activities (like paddle boarding classes or overnight trips). And given the size of the store you can find everything you might need for an outdoor adventure.


Maine Travel Must-Visit: Portland

There’s much to see and do in Portland, Maine! No Maine coast travel guide would be complete without a visit to Portland. Here’s my full guide to Portland. For a quick overview, enjoy some lobster rolls and donuts from Holy Donut. Walk along the promenade and visit some of the breweries.

Read Next: What to Eat, See and Do in Portland, Maine


Kennebunkport is the perfect stop for a Maine vacation. Walk along the main strip and pop into the stores for some shopping. Stop at The Clam Shack for lobster rolls or other fresh seafood. And get ice cream from Rococo!

Where else to visit in New England?

In addition to Maine, every state in New England makes for a great road trip destination.

Did you know Vermont is a great family-friendly destination?! With it’s endless hikes and beautiful views, especially in the fall months, you can find something for all the kids. And you can’t leave without trying the cider donuts and fresh maple syrup.

New Hampshire offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, charming towns, and outdoor adventures for travelers, including the majestic White Mountains.

Connecticut provides an eclectic mix of things to do for every type of traveler, from those seeking history at the Mark Twain House, art enthusiasts who can visit the Yale University Art Gallery, foodies with it’s vibrant food scene, and nature lovers who just want to get outside in the fresh air.

Try Rhode Island, the smallest state in the United States, which is packed with things to do. Explore the historic water-front city of Newport, with its opulent Gilded Age mansions and scenic coastal beauty and much more across the state.

In Massachusetts, enjoy the historic sites of Boston, like the Freedom Trail, to the idyllic Cape Cod beaches and the charming, plus a little spooky, town of Salem.

Boston to Bar Harbor Road Trip

This list also works well for a Boston to Bar Harbor road trip. I would add stops in Boston for 1-2 days at the start or end of the trip and then add a stop in Salem, Massachusetts. You can do Salem in a day or a half-day as you head out of Boston and up towards Maine. 

Read Next: Looking for an itinerary? Here’s a 10-Day New England Road Trip Travel Guide.

There’s so much to see and do in Maine. I hope this quick travel guide gives you some inspiration for your visit along the Maine coast, but you truly can’t go wrong wherever you stop.

The ultimate Maine vacation travel guide for road tripping and exploring along the coast of Maine.

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