Pack your things, hop on a plane and rent an RV to catch the autumn beauty of the Maine Coast this fall. There is no better way to travel than quietly and leisurely along the back lanes of the state. Move through the Maine woods and enjoy the solitude. All the summer crowds are gone now, and it’s your chance to truly get away from it all. And there should still be some fall foliage left for your viewing pleasure…
One great touring opportunity in your RV is to leave from Kittery and drive up the coast to Portland. Kittery is right between the Piscataqua River and the Atlantic, one of Maine’s oldest settlements. Enjoy the cobblestone streets, a drink at a quaint pub and marvel at the ocean views. Then take off and turn west to the Sebago Lakes Region. The drive is an awesome view of all that makes Maine a perfect vacation destination any time of year.
You will want to visit the state parks to catch glimpses of fall foliage. At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park you will want to capture the yellow displays of the forests around Freeport with your camera, so don’t forget to bring your camera equipment. When you lay out your itinerary, be sure to put this early on the list, as the foliage peaks in mid-October.
In Pownal, you must stop in Bradbury Mountain State Park for more brilliant fall colors. Explore the trails through the forests, hike to the summit and take in the surrounding beauty. A picnic may be in order. If you have your mountain bike you will find a number of shared-use trails to ride.
You may have missed the peak of colors when you stop at Ferry Beach State Park but it is still worth a visit. The beaches are a wonderful place to wander. Beachcomb or simply enjoy the pounding of the surf. Glimpse the wildlife in the protected swamp areas and maybe try digging for clams. The fun never ends along the coast of Maine!
The Mid-Coast region also offers vistas you won’t want to miss. Begin your tour in Brunswick and drive north along the coast. There are historic lighthouses to see, beaches and wonderful lobster dining. Head on up to Acadia National Park, a must-see while you are in this neck of the woods. Drive the 20-mile loop road through the park for spectacular views. The ocean, mountains and woods are inspiring in their beauty.
You can venture to Quoddy Head State Park and find yourself at the eastern-most point of the United States. There are a number of hiking trails in this park and a diverse habitat for many rare plants. Visit the West Quoddy Head Light for a great taste of history.
Go to Camden Hills State Park as one of your last stops on your Maine Coast RV adventure. More fall foliage awaits you. Drive to the top of Mt. Battie. The world is at your feet. And as you head home you will be happy with the wonderful memories of an RV vacation well taken.