What to See When You RV - Maine Edition

Posted on April 24, 2018

The easternmost state in America is one of the most wondrous, especially if you navigate it in an RUV.

If you're in the right place at the right time, you'll see rarities like 80-foot whales in the Gulf of Maine or 20-foot tides in Calais. The diverse, extensive coastline comprises both rugged terrains and sandy beaches. In the heavily forested interior of the state, you're likely to spot one of the estimated 75,000 moose that call Maine home.

In your diesel RV at the end of the day, you’ll wonder why the precariously perched, 100-ton Bubble Rock has never toppled. You’ll wonder how many seafarers throughout history were guided to safety by one of Maine’s 65 lighthouses. You’ll wonder why the lobster is so much better than what you get at home.

Maine’s quaint, picturesque towns are juxtaposed with its wildness for the best of both worlds. Steer your Class A toy hauler, gas RV or Class C motorhome to some of these fascinating destinations.

Bar Harbor

This coastal town, a showplace of Victorian architecture, guards the gate to Acadia National Park. A shore path from the town pier meanders lazily around Frenchman’s Bay. There are spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Porcupine Islands. For an aerial view of Bar Harbor, hike up one of the many trails on majestic Cadillac Mountain.

Shopping, whale-watching, touring historic lighthouses and attending music festivals are popular pastimes. The area is ideal for a day trip in a Class A motorhome.

Two Lights State Park and Cape Elizabeth

It inspired the painter Edward Hopper, and it will inspire you.

The region encompasses the rocky coastline, refreshing ocean sprays and legendary lobster shacks that most people associate with Maine. There are sweeping views of the ocean and Casco Bay from atop the cliffs. Twin lighthouses were erected on Cape Elizabeth in 1828. One is still operational but automated; its beacon can be seen from 17 miles at sea.

Hiking trails thread through the 41-acre state park, and there’s no better setting for a picnic or clambake. Be prepared for brisk ocean breezes even in summer. Visitors are also cautioned to stay at least 20 feet from the surf and keep a close eye on the kids.

Oh My Gosh Corner at Sugarloaf Mountain

This gorgeous winter spot is truly over the river and through the woods.

After a 40-mile drive from Farmington, you’ll turn off into a forest and motor along the Carrabassett River. When you navigate a sudden curve and find yourself staring into the heart of Sugarloaf Mountain, you’ll understand how this snow-skiing mecca got its name.

Penobscot Bay

This beautiful waterway will be a hit with anyone who likes a leisurely paced vacation. Ocean views, seabirds and winding pathways for strolling rejuvenate travelers.

This destination is also a favorite for fans of sailing. The bay is home to North America’s largest fleet of historic schooners. Take a carefree windjammer cruise for a day or longer to enjoy scenic views of evergreen islands and stately old lighthouses.

Skip the crowded airports and pricey hotels. Thor Motor Coach motorhomes and RVs were made for exploring Maine.

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