Experience the Best of Maine


Photo by © Maine’s Midcoast & Islands

On your way to or from just about anywhere in New England, Maine’s MidCoast is easy to get to and offers the best of everything in Maine. Shopping, dining, sightseeing, outdoor recreation…the MidCoast is quite literally in the middle of it all.

It’s simply the middle of amazing!

A visit to Maine’s MidCoast region is one you will treasure forever. This region is a vibrant and stunningly beautiful natural destination dotted with quaint villages lined with unique shops and world-renowned restaurants. Experience our world-class museums, enjoy our theaters, stroll our beaches, visit our vineyards, and hike our rocky coast. We help build customized itineraries for families, foodies, adventurers, history buffs, and even relaxation seekers at mainesmidcoast.com.

They say the quickest route between two points is a straight line, but everyone knows that’s not always the best way to reach your destination. The trip from Portland, Maine to Acadia National Park is a little over three hours if you drive straight through on the highway—but you’d cruise right past some of Maine’s best art, culture, food, and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Instead, veer off the beaten path and head right up through Maine’s MidCoast: take U.S. Route 1 between Portland and Bar Harbor.

Adventuresome types won’t want to miss out on walking these beaches, sea kayaking around a New England harbor, or peeping puffins and whales. The route also features plenty of rainy day activities, including the best lobster roll in Maine (but we’ll let you be the judge) and two excellent maritime museums. So next time you’re traveling in Maine, take the scenic route with stops at any (or all) of these MidCoast gems.

© Maine's Midcoast & Islands

And, of course, we have the islands. The islands of Maine’s MidCoast evoke romantic images and light up the imagination in people all over the world. They have inspired some of our culture’s greatest art and literature. Tantalizing glimpses of green spruce and pink granite hover on the horizon as one looks out to sea. Our islands are iconic and mysterious, with evidence of human history going back thousands of years. Some islands are accessible by bridge, and some must be reached by boat—whether that’s one of the ferries leaving from Rockland or a sea kayak (bring your own, rent, or book a tour with one of our wilderness guides).

Pretty much any time of year, you’ll find interesting events going on, large and small. Lobster festivals, music festivals, maple syrup celebrations, parades, and concerts…see our website for the when and where.

With plenty of wide-open spaces, Maine’s MidCoast offers everything that makes our state a great vacation without the crowds you find at more popular destinations. When the time comes, do yourself and your family a big favor and head straight for Maine’s MidCoast.

Whether you visit Maine to relax or to adventure—or maybe get a little bit of both—Maine’s MidCoast is the place you’ll find what you’re looking for. See life here the way it’s been lived for centuries. Fair warning, you may never want to leave!

Maine’s MidCoast…the middle of amazing!

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Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, a getaway to MidCoast Maine provides world-renowned coastlines and beaches, quaint downtown villages, and vibrant working waterfronts where your lobster dinner can be hauled straight from the Atlantic ocean.


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