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Maine's State and National Parks

Driving through Maine easily brought us in touch with nature. Surrounded constantly by lush greenery and often under a canopy of trees, we found the state a pleasure to drive through. And all along the way we were able to nip in and out of Maine's beautiful state and national parks. Here you'll find 48 state parks and historic sites. We pretty much just drove in and out but there are plenty of opportunities for recreation and camping.

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This was not a hiking holiday for us. We took some leisurely walks in the parks but mostly just found places to relax along a quiet shoreline or under some trees to take a break from driving. But the beauty of the nature in Maine was not lost on us.

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Our first stop was Acadia National Park. We only had one day here because our first full day in Maine was a soggy one. We drove the 27-mile Park Loop Road, with a stop at the top of Cadillac Mountain.

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All up and down the coast we found lighthouses and stunning stretches of coastline...

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Most of the parks have entrance fees, either per person or per vehicle. It does add up but long-term passes are available if you plan to visit several of them. I think it's essential to visit at least one or two on a trip to Maine.

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Sonya

Fab photos! Maine looks amazing. I love hiking parks situated along coastlines.

BeachThursday

It`s been a few years since I was at Acadia National Park, but I was there during the Indian Summer and loved it. Your photos sure bring back memories. I just included it in my Best Scenic Coastal Drives.

Inspiring Travellers

We got rained out the day we were supposed to go so ended up only having a morning there – spectacular! I’d love to go back

Mike

I absolutely loved all of the pictures and the entire post reminded me why I want to make to the opposite side of the country to visit Maine! That one of the yellow mushroom is awesome!! 🙂

Inspiring Travellers

Oh yes, you must! Definitely worth the visit =)

Stephanie - The Travel Chica

I visited friends there last summer. I didn’t have time to go to Acadia, but they raved about it.

Inspiring Travellers

It’s awesome. I’d love to do the hikes there – we didn’t have enough time and got rained out one day…

Sophie

I liked Maine, but sadly missed the parks. The friends I was with at the time were mad for antiques so we stopped at every little shop – and Maine is brimming with them…

Inspiring Travellers

We passed so many but didn’t venture into one…definitely a wonderful destination for those so inclined!

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