The state of Maine is more than a destination--it’s an experience that will take your breath away. Embracing all that is authentic, unique, and simple, the state's deep woods and vibrant coastline have inspired countless visitors. No trip to Maine would be complete without visiting pet friendly Acadia National Park, where the calm of watching the sunrise over the Atlantic restores the soul. For more cosmopolitan pursuits, check out the vibrant food and craft beer scene in Portland, the state's largest city. Then do some shopping in Freeport, where you'll find everything from handmade gifts to the flagship LL Bean store. From the wilds to the refined, a trip to Maine is unforgettable.
Best Time To Visit
Is there anything more lovely than Maine in the fall? The hardwood forests begin their spectacular display of color around the middle of September and reach a crescendo around mid-October. With blue skies and daytime highs in the high 60’s and low 70’s, sightseeing and outdoor activities are simply sublime. Unfortunately, you should expect to pay top dollar for lodging, as all of New England draws hoards of tourists for its fall foliage display. Most people travel to Maine in the summer when daytime highs hover in the 80s, the humidity is tolerable, and daylight lasts until 9pm. Spring offers the best hotel deals, but it's an unfortunate time to visit Maine with your pets--the weather is unpredictable and snowmelt and frequent rain turn everything to mud.
Things Not To Miss
Sniff more than 100 miles of pet friendly trails and carriage roads in Acadia National Park, ride the free shuttles, and don't forget to ask how your dog can become a BARK Ranger during your visit!
Grab a map and drive along Maine's spectacular coast to see some of the state's majestic lighthouses.
Take a hike on the northernmost end of the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park near Millinocket.
Explore the grounds, buildings and select streetcars with your pet at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport.
Hit the greens with a dog friendly round of golf at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade Lakes.
Play off-leash at Little Long Pond, a 1,000-acre preserve located between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor.