Plan Your Trip

In Maine’s Lakes and Mountains preparedness is key, especially when it comes to climate and how to dress! Our region acknowledges its four seasons gladly, so be prepared. Winter here brings snow-capped mountains, thickly-frozen lakes, and frigid temperatures; summertime offers temperate, humid days and cool, comfortable evenings. Fall and spring fill the gaps with more moderate days and crisp evenings.

Spring can be temperamental, so bring layers. You might start out with 40 degree weather, only to drift off for an afternoon nap in 80 degree temperatures. Rain is common, but so is bright sunshine, so pack your sunglasses along with your umbrella.

Summer can get downright hot! Shorts and T-shirts will keep you comfortable. Be sure to pack an umbrella for an occasional rainy day or thunderstorm that rolls through.

During autumn, mornings start out chilly, with comfortably warm afternoons. Once again, dress in layers. If you plan to be out in the woods, you will want to sport some blaze orange.

The cold winter climate demands thermal outerwear. The temperature can regularly range from below zero into the teens. On windy occasions, the temperature can drop dramatically and will warrant extra layers. In general, you will still want a sweater while indoors and pack your flannels for overnight.

But the best part is, (to paraphrase Mark Twain) If you don’t like the weather in Maine now, just wait a few minutes, it will change.

 

DRIVING TIMES

Augusta, ME: 52 miles, 1.5 hours

Bangor, ME: 108 miles, 2.5 hours

Boston, MA: 179 miles, 3.5 hours

Halifax, NS, Canada: 543 miles, 11 hours

Hartford, CT: 271 miles, 5 hours

Montreal, QC, Canada: 195 miles, 4.5 hours

New York, NY: 384 miles, 6.5 hours

Philadelphia, PA: 474 miles, 8 hours

Portland, ME: 76 miles, 1.5 hours

Québec City, QC, Canada: 227 miles, 4.75 hours

Washington DC: 605 miles, 10 hours

Times are based on travel to Rumford, located centrally in the region, and may vary based on actual destination.

 

AIRPORTS

Auburn-Lewiston Airport

207-786-0631. Served by NetJets, ExecJets, Wheels UP, Tradewinds Aviation and many others. Call the airport for further information.  

Bangor International Airport

207-992-4600 or toll-free 1-866-359-2264. Served by 5 major airlines to 6 major hubs. Carriers include: Allegiant Air, American, Delta and United.

Portland International Jetport

207-772-0690. Served by Delta, American, Elite, JetBlue, Southwest and United.

 

CAR RENTAL AGENCIES

You will find major worldwide car rental agencies at both international airports and major cities, but it is advisable to reserve a car with your travel agent in advance.

Alamo

1-800-GO-ALAMO or 207-775-0855. Serving Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport.

Avis

1-800-331-1212 or 207-874-7500. Serving Bangor International Airport, Portland International Jetport, and Northern Maine Regional Airport.

Budget

1-800-527-0700. Serving Augusta Airport, Bangor International Airport, Portland International Jetport, Northern Maine Regional Airport, and Knox County Regional Airport.

Enterprise

1-800-261-7331. Serving Augusta Airport, Bangor International Airport, Knox County Regional Airport and Portland International Jetport.

Hertz

1-800-654-3131. Serving Auburn-Lewiston Airport, Bangor International Airport, Bar Harbor Airport, and Portland International Jetport.

National

1-800-227-7368 or 207-773-0036. Serving Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport.

  

BUS SERVICES

Concord Coach Lines

800-639-3317. Service to Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Brunswick, Camden, Damariscotta, Lincolnville, Portland, Rockland, Searsport, Waldoboro, and Wiscasset.

Island Explorer

Seasonal service to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Airport, Bar Harbor, and Southwest Harbor.

Greyhound Bus Lines

1-800-231-2222 or 214-849-8100. Service to Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Bridgewater, Brunswick, Camden, Caribou, Damariscotta, Houlton, Howland, Lewiston, Limestone, Lincolnville, Mars Hill, Medway, Monticello, Oakfield, Old Town, Orono, Portland, Presque Isle, Rockland, Searsport, Sherman, Waldoboro, Waterville, and Wiscasset.

Metro Greater Portland Transit District

207-774-0351. Serving Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, and the Maine area of South Portland.

Shoreline Explorer

1-800-965-5762. Seasonal trolley and shuttle bus system along the southern Maine coast providing links to private trolley operators in Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, and York. The Shoreline Explorer system goes from York Beach to Ogunquit to Wells to Kennebunk-Kennebunkport and Sanford to Wells.

West Bus Service

800-596-2823. Service to Bangor Airport, Bangor Greyhound Station, Calais, Ellsworth, Machias, and Perry.

Zoom Shuttle Bus

877-THE-ZOOM. Service to Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Saco, Scarborough, and South Portland.

 

TRAIN SERVICES

Amtrak Downeaster

800-USA-RAIL. Service from Boston’s North Station to Wells, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Freeport, and Brunswick.

 

RELATED SITES

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