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Ideal for: Outdoor enthusiasts, families, couples
With its rocky and wind-swept shoreline, quaint fishing villages, and iconic lighthouses, coastal Maine looks like something out of an American storybook. This is where New England goes to vacation, as this stretch of Maine is less than a hour’s drive from Boston and Portland. Coastal Maine is dotted with towns worth exploring, including Ogunquit (known for its sandy beaches and turn-of-the-century artists’ colony Perkins Cove), York (home to Nubble Lighthouse), and Kennebunkport (17th-century village and ship-building hub). Throughout your vacation, dine on incredibly fresh seafood—especially lobster—which you can enjoy at no-frills seaside shacks or fine-dining establishments on the waterfront.
Set up your lounge chair on this sandy, award-winning beach, which stretches for 3.5 miles. Bring along an inner tube and float in the freshwater spot where the Ogunquit River flows into the ocean.
The iconic Nubble Lighthouse (also known as Cape Neddick Light) has stood sentry over the Atlantic since 1879. Its classic shape has become an enduring symbol of coastal Maine.
One of New England’s most popular summer theaters, this playhouse first opened in the summer of 1933. Every season since, the small theater has churned out multiple large-scale musical productions.
Summer in coastal Maine is gorgeous, with the warm season lasting from early June to mid-September. During this time, temperatures reach an average daily high temperature of at least 70 degrees. Winters are very cold; it’s not unusual for temperatures to drop into the teens. Because of this, summer is the most popular time to visit coastal Maine, though fall and spring are also pleasant.
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