Best Time to Visit Maine
Maine is a popular summer destination. Coastal cities like Portland, Ogunquit and Kannebunkenport (near New Hampshire), or Belfast and Bar Harbor (edging the Acadian National Park) are major travel destinations.
Other sites - mainly its large forests and numerous lakes - are largely unknown, partly because of the harsh climate of Maine's inland and north.
Best time to visit Maine
When not to go to Maine
Map: Maine Top Travel Destinations
MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
WHAT TO VISIT IN MAINE?
The main coastal city, and a top tourist destination: see Portland
Popular beach city in the south
Small harbor for ferries and sea trips
Major coastal destination at the Acadia National Park edge. See: Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
Major travel reference: see Acadia National Park
Baxter State Park
Northern isolated forests and mountains in a frosty region
Maine's administrative capital
Map of Maine top travel destinations
Explore the map below for details:
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MAINE
Summer is undoubtedly the best period to visit Maine.
Precipitation is moderate all over the year, but the weather is extremely severe and the snow is very intense in the winter and early spring or late autumn. Most of Maine is covered in snow during this period.
Very cold spells affect the whole state from the end of October till late Spring, specially in the North and interior, with very severe snowfalls.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO MAINE
If you aren't a skier or a hiker and an adept of extreme outdoor sports, avoid winter or even November and early/mid spring, especially if you plan to visit the interior or the North of Maine.
Fall's foliage - as in other sites of New England - causes many thousands of weekenders to flock to the region, so you should also avoid Autumn's weekends to escape crowds.
See, the Maine / Portland Weather Table for details about the weather:
Portland Weather Map