When planning a Maine vacation, the sentiment seems to be "So much to do, so little time."
As the snow melts and the green grass starts growing, shake that cabin fever by heading outside for an adventure. A rainbow of color fills the skies in April and May as migratory birds fly to their summer perches, making it a perfect time to break out the binoculars and go bird watching.
Take a relaxing drive along Maine's scenic byways. Alongside country roads, you'll spot newborn livestock getting their feet under them for the first time and families sowing seeds in their gardens. Scenic coastal drives meander along peninsulas where the fragrance of evergreens blends with the fresh salt air to relax and rejuvenate your spirit.
With 6,000 lakes, and 5,500 miles of coastline, much of Maine's vacation fun occurs in or around the water. Head to the coast for a day at a sandy beach, hidden in a quiet cove surrounded by cliffs where you can swim in the surf and catch up on your reading list. Youngsters delight in gathering seashells and stones that become personal treasures for years to come.
Following a day at the beach the children and children at heart can take their turn at the helm of a windjammer as it cuts through the sea. Hop aboard a whale watching expedition. You'll want to grab your camera fast when that first whale says hello with the flap of a tail fin.
Closer to shore, sea kayaking has quickly become one of summer's hottest activities. Guided tours lead paddlers to remote islands ringed by pebble laden beaches, or explore on your own, following the craggy coastline until you find a spot to come ashore for a picnic.
Away from the coast, inland activities abound. Run the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip. Three rivers offer distinct experiences and stunning scenery as you enjoy the camaraderie of a rafting vacation in Maine. Hiking is a popular pastime with the Appalachian Trail hosting many hikers of all ages and experiences. Pick a trail as challenging or as easy as you'd like, but the higher you climb, the better the views.
Camping is also a way to experience a Maine summer at its finest, sleeping under the stars and cooking meals over a crackling camp fire. And when you get this close to nature, you never know what you might see. Perhaps a deer will scamper by your campsite or you'll hear a moose mosey through the brush in the distance. If you prefer to travel with all the comforts of home, then Maine's modern RV parks put out the welcome mat in all corners of the state.
Occasionally you may have to beat those April showers, so head inside to tour a world-class art museum, let the kids expel some of their energy during a day of exploration at one of the state's children's museums or put your shopping shoes on and search for must-haves at Maine's famed outlet shopping centers of Freeport or Kittery.
With all the fun there is to have, don't forget to make time for a Maine lobster dinner--a great way to wrap up your Maine vacation!