When it comes to a Maine summer vacation, life is a beach and with 5,500 miles of coastline, there is plenty of room on ours! Spend the weekend or even a whole week with a relaxing beach vacation. Spend your day sprawled on a towel as you figure out whodunit in the latest bestselling mystery novel and don't worry about the kids, they'll be busy building sandcastles by the sea. End the day with a lobster bake on the beach and a warm piece of blueberry pie with some vanilla ice cream. Who knew life on the sand could be so sweet?
With all that shoreline, it's no surprise that Maine has so many lighthouses (more than 60). In fact, the state boasts Quoddy Lighthouse, the eastern most lighthouse in the United States where the sun first rises each day in the United States. Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as Nubble Light, and Portland Head Lighthouse are two of the nation's most beloved and visited lighthouses. Spend your entire trip to Maine traveling along the coast, seeing how many you can photograph, and make sure to stop at the Maine Lighthouse Museum and Discovery Center in Rockland, where you can see pictures of the ones you didn't get to.
History buffs feel right at home here in Maine with dozens of museums to hunt through. The Maine State Museum in Augusta, which chronicles the state from after the Ice Age through today, is a good place to start. The state also has many forts circa 1700s and 1800s, some with secret passageways ideal for exploring.
Another vacation idea is to tour Maine's many state parks, which dot the state from top to tail. Spend the night on Maine's crown with a stay at the Aroostook State Park, Maine's first state park, where you can go canoeing, fish for brook trout and head out for a hike or travel south for a picnic at Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick, the southernmost state park in Maine. A total of 12 of Maine's state parks offer camping, so feel free to stay awhile.