Maine's touring loops & trails
If you don't know quite where to begin
consider driving one
of Maine's magnificent touring loops or trails.
While each features distinctive sights and
sounds, all showcase the best the state has to offer. In addition to the touring loops
offered here, the Maine Office of Tourism has developed individual ‘trails' featuring art
museums, gardens, golf and history. Here is a sampling:
The Portland to Rangeley
touring loop features the culture and history of Portland,
Maine's largest city, along with scenic lighthouses, L.L. Bean's legendary retail store in
Freeport, the home of Civil War Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain, one of the country's 10 most
scenic championship golf courses and the four-seasons recreational area of Rangeley.
The Maine Maritime Heritage
Trail focuses on the state's history of shipbuilding,
sailing, fishing and related waterfront activities. Stops along the way include Maine's
64 lighthouses, various maritime and naval history museums, historic homes of rugged
and legendary sea captains and numerous opportunities to meet the individuals who make
up one of Maine's most important and historic industries.
The Acadia to Saint John Valley touring loop
From the town of Bucksport and mighty Fort Knox - the largest Civil War-era fort in New
England - the Acadia to Saint John Valley touring loop involves some of the
most breath-taking natural beauty in the world. A highlight is Acadia National Park, home
to Cadillac Mountain and one of America's most popular vacation destinations. This loop
also includes Bangor, home to author Stephen King. Known as the ‘Queen City,' Bangor
boasts the elegant and restored homes of Maine's earliest lumber barons. The northern
section of this loop features the great Maine woods and the border towns of Houlton,
Caribou, Fort Fairfield and Fort Kent. For fun, try a round of golf at Aroostook Valley
Country Club in Fort Fairfield where you will be in Canada for part of the course.
The Kennebec-Chaudiere International Heritage Corridor
is one of the
Northeast's most intriguing cultural trails. The 233-mile corridor stretches between
Quebec and Bath, Maine. It offers many opportunities for stories on historic forts,
museums and settlements. Quintessential New England towns where traditions and
customs have been passed from one generation to the next abound, and diverse
recreational opportunities may be found on and around the Kennebec and Chaudiere rivers.
The South Coast to Lakes & Mountains touring loop
begins in Kittery and
meanders north on historic Route 1 past sandy beaches and outlet shopping villages.
Turning away from the ocean, the loop heads inland toward Sebago Lake and the vacation
destinations of Naples and Bridgton. Further inland lie Maine's Western Lakes &
Mountains where waterfalls, swimming holes, lovely picnic spots and even two covered
bridges will be found.