The land of the lighthouses: where rugged beauty meets old town, coastal charm.
The state of Maine on the USA’s east coast is undoubtedly a hidden gem. Loved for its quaint fishing villages, traditional New English architecture, dramatic coastline, and iconic lighthouses, this top destination promises to deliver an unforgettable adventure. Whether you prefer cycling through the breathtaking and lush Acadia National Park or wandering the historic streets of Portland, our tours and vacations in Maine offer a little something for everyone. Guided by your leader, feast on a lobster roll (or two), embark on a brewery tour, check out some pretty amazing waterfalls or come face to face with artwork inspired by the very state you’re travelling around. With heaps of natural beauty and historical significance, this picturesque destination will quickly and completely steal your heart.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Maine is located within the New England region of the United States next to New Hampshire and Vermont. It also borders parts of Canada, namely New Brunswick and Quebec.
Traveling to Maine is relatively easy with a range of options including driving, catching a flight, or taking public transport in the form of a bus or train. Unfortunately, while you can use ferries to get to different areas of Maine, there are no ferries that travel between Maine and other neighboring states.
There are several ways you can travel around Maine from catching public transport and utilizing rideshare options, to driving and flying. Maine has an efficient and reliable public transport system in place with bus and train networks that service the majority of cities and regions in the state. While you can catch a flight between popular destinations in Maine, you're often better off driving as the state is on the smaller side and you'll be able to see more of Maine's natural beauty.
The weather in Maine is dictated by which area of the state you're in; coastal, southern interior (middle section of Maine), and northern interior (northern section of Maine). These individual sections have a slightly different climate so you can expect different weather patterns for each. The coastline is largely affected by the ocean and will often have cooler summers and colder winters than the rest of Maine. The two inland regions experience temperatures that are similar with cold winters and warmer summers.
Packing for Maine largely depends on what time of the year you're traveling in and which region of the state you're staying in. If you're sticking to the coastal area of Maine, the temperatures are often cooler (even in summer) so you should always pack appropriate cold-weather clothes. This includes pants, sweaters, long shirts, and wet weather shoes. The rest of Maine experiences fairly normal seasons so you can pack dresses, shorts, and t-shirts for summer and the previously mentioned winter clothes for the colder seasons. You should also pack sensible footwear for walking/hiking as Maine is known for its natural beauty and expansive national parks and other green landscapes.
The most popular time to visit Maine is during the months of summer and fall where the temperatures are a bit warmer and the weather is nice enough to participate in outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking. While August is the most popular month to travel to Maine, you might also want to consider traveling in spring (March, April, and May) as several destinations aren't as crowded and you're still likely to experience enjoyable weather.
Maine is considered to be the safest state in the United States according to a recent study completed in 2021. This is largely due to a strong sense of community spirit and a smaller population compared to other states. Featuring low crime rates and quality infrastructure, you can safely assume you'll be fine traveling around the state. However, crime can still occur so it's best to always be aware of your surroundings, avoid traveling alone (especially at night), and stick to well-populated areas that you feel comfortable in.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.