The 10 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Maine

From forests to the coastline, Maine is a wonderful place to explore. But, it’s not always easy to take an entire weekend to hit the road. Between booking a hotel (though, our B&Bs are lovely!) and all the driving, sometimes it’s nice to simply take an easy, relaxing day trip. We’ve covered some of our favorites over the years, and here are the best of the best!

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If you do happen to have the time for a full-fledged weekend road trip, we suggest this one that follows all the best spots to get a lobster roll in Maine! What do you think? Tell us about your favorite day trip destinations in the comments!

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Day Trips Near Me in Maine

September 07, 2021

What are the best beaches in Maine?  

Maine is a coastal state, and you know what that means: BEACHES! That’s right, only one of the best natural wonders to have nearby. Maine might be a pretty small state, but it has plentiful beaches that feel like some kind of pristine paradise. Some of our favorites include Kennebunk Beach, otherwise known as Mother’s Beach, where you can dig your toes into the sand and listen to the tide come in and go out. Sand Beach at Acadia National Park is simply breathtaking, and you’ll want to get as many photos of this picturesque landscape as you can. Even better still are the incredible hiking trails around Sand Beach, so make sure to bring good shoes! Finally (okay, not literally finally, but finally for this list) there’s the pristine Qgunquit Beach, which means beautiful place by the sea. 

What are some unique attractions in Maine?  

While in Maine you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the stuff there is to do, and it can be easy to tune out once you feel like there’s too much information coming in. One of the best ways to combat that, in our opinion, is by visiting the more offbeat attractions that you’ll fiind less people visiting on any given day. Some of our favorite eclectic and/or unique attractions in Maine include the adorable (but strange) little shop known as Wild Blueberry Land, which is usually open in the summer. We also love checking out the Old Sow Whirlpool, which is as dizzyingly intriguing as it sounds. On Mackworth Island, you’ll find a fairy village (seriously). Check out more of our favorite unique things to do in Maine in this list.  

Where can I go on scenic day trips in Maine? 

Maine is a wonderful state with so much to see. It’s easy to plan a day trip in this fabulous little place. Kill an entire day on any of Maine’s stunning beaches (of which there are a good-sized handful) like Wells Beach, Crescent Beach, or Old Orchard Beach. Maine’s state and/or national parks are also an excellent idea, and there’s no shortage of planning to do – after all, there’s 32 state parks and four national parks sites throughout this amazing little state! You could make a day out of driving any of Maine’s picturesque scenic highways and byways, and some towns, like Camden or Cutler, are also perfect for spending a whole day (or longer). The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination, and the best part is that there’s no wrong answer!