Travel Resources

Planning the details of your trip can be the best (and sometimes the worst) part of the journey. Details, details, details. Even with the internet at our fingertips, it can be a pulse-racing blend of exploration, discovery, frustration, and success. We hope in some small way, these travel resources help you say “bye-bye” to your worries and “hello” to your best Maine Lakes & Mountains vacation ever.

Healthy travel concerns? We've got you covered during the coronavirus pandemic—see the Other Information tab below. Our driving times chart can help you figure out about “how to get from there to here” on the fly. Flying in, we know the best options for flights and info for car rentals when you arrive; even get started with bus and train service. We even have a link for just about everything to get you on your way.

Enjoy the beauty of Maine's greatest natural assets

In any season and at any time of year, Maine's Lakes & Mountains has an endless number of endless ways to enjoy the beauty of Maine's greatest natural assets.



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


Cities Outside of Maine:

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
Québec City, QC, Canada: 227 miles, 4.75 hours
Washington DC: 605 miles, 10 hours

Maine Cities:

Augusta, ME: 52 miles, 1.5 hours
Bangor, ME: 108 miles, 2.5 hours
Portland, ME: 76 miles, 1.5 hours

COMMERCIAL & REGIONAL AIRPORTS

Auburn-Lewiston Airport
Served by NetJets, ExecJets, Wheels UP, Tradewinds Aviation and many others.
(LEW) 207-786-0631
FlytoMaine.com


Bangor International Airport
Served by 5 major airlines to 6 major hubs.
Carriers include: Allegiant Air, American, Delta and United.
(BGR) 207-992-4600
FlyBangor.com


Portland International Jetport
Served by Delta, American, Elite, JetBlue, Southwest and United.
(PWM) 207-874-8877
PortlandJetport.org


BUS SERVICES

Concord Coach Lines
Stops in Auburn and Lewiston.
800-639-3317
ConcordCoachLines.com

Greyhound Bus Lines
Two stops in Lewiston.
800-231-2222
Greyhound.com


TRAIN SERVICES

Amtrak
Downeaster Service from Boston's North Station to Wells, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Freeport, and Brunswick.
Amtrak.com


RELATED SITES

Cruise Maine
CruiseMaineUSA.com


Maine Road Conditions
NewEngland511.org


Maine Transportation Links
ExploreMaine.org


Maine Turnpike Authority
MaineTurnpike.com

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SERVICES

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
PlugShare.com


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
Serving Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport.
833-354-6962
Alamo.com


Avis
Serving Bangor International Airport, Portland International Jetport, and Northern Maine Regional Airport.
Avis.com


Budget
Serving Augusta Airport, Bangor International Airport, Portland International Jetport, Northern Maine Regional Airport, and Knox County Regional Airport.
Budget.com


Dollar Car Rentals
Serving Portland International Jetport.
866-434-2226
Dollar.com


Enterprise
Serving Augusta Airport, Bangor International Airport, Knox County Regional Airport and Portland International Jetport.
Enterprise.com


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


National
Serving Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport.
877-222-9058
NationalCar.com

BORDER PATROL

US-Canada Border Crossing 204-983-3500 / 506-636-5064
CBSA-ASFC.gc.ca


INFECTIOUS DISEASE INFORMATION
Keep Maine Healthy - Info for Visitors
Maine CDC Homepage
Coronavirus in Maine

CALL 211

For social services help and information about COVID-19 in Maine, call 211, email info@211maine.org, text your ZIP code to 898-211, or if out-of-state call 1-877-463-6207.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Maine State Police 1-800-452-4664 (in Maine)
911 cellular for emergencies only


MAINE SEATBELT LAW

Maine law requires that drivers and all passengers must wear a seatbelt. (Click here for complete details)


MAINE HANDS-FREE DRIVING LAW

The law prohibits talking, texting or using a hand-held device while driving, even while stopped at a stoplight or in stopped traffic. Fines up to $250. (Click here for complete details)

Maine's Lakes & Mountains is closer than you imagined. The Maine Lakes and Mountains Region is a four-season destination that runs like a spine up the state's western border with New Hampshire to the west and the Canadian province of Québec to the north. Accessible from several exits on Interstate 95 with most southern parts of the region are within a short drive of Portland.


Maine's Lakes and Mountains region is an honest-to-goodness year-round vacation destination. Scores of trail-creased mountain peaks, fish-filled rivers and ponds, and swim-able lakes are here to be enjoyed by all.



Trip Ideas





  The Best of Maine's Lakes & Mountains


6 Great Appalachian Trail Day Hikes in Maine

The Appalachian Trail, one of the world's most famous long-distance footpaths, marches 2,190 miles through 14 states from Georgia to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. Here are the top 6 day hikes in Maine's Lakes and Mountains...more >

The 4 Best Ways to Get on the Water in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

With hundreds of lakes and ponds, miles of rivers and streams, Maine's Lakes and Mountains is the perfect destination for on the water activities like paddling a canoe or kayak, cruises, swimming, and fishing...more >

4 of The Most Beautiful Drives in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Home of one of the oldest scenic byway programs in America, Maine offers many attractive drives that showcase impressive scenery, charming small towns and the state's history...more >

The 6 Best Trail-to-Pub Pairings in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Whether your go-to brew is a hoppy IPA or a smooth porter, this list will guide you to the best local breweries—all within 30 minutes of Maine's top mountain trails...more >

9 Incredible Winter Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Maine's Lakes and Mountains region offers the perfect winter getaway with plenty of snow, few crowds, and a wealth of outdoor experiences for downhill and cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, ice fishermen, ice climbers, fat tire bikers, and dog sledders...more >

The 10 Best Outdoor Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

If you're wondering where to even start on your next trip to Maine's Lakes and Mountains you're in luck. Here is a list of the 10 best outdoor adventures in the area...more >

12 Best Swimming Holes and Waterfalls in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

The vast western region called the Lakes and Mountains claims a fair share of these waterways, with endless waterfalls and swimming holes that invite lazy afternoons by the river...more >

Why Maine's Lakes & Mountains Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

Why should you head to Maine's Lakes and Mountains region? We've got 10 great reasons why to add to your bucket list...more >

Peak Bagging in Maine's Lakes and Mountains: How to Summit 10 of Maine's 4,000-FT+ Peaks

If you love to bag peaks, you're going to be thrilled when you visit Maine's Lakes and Mountains with state's highest concentration of mountain peaks over 4,000 feet...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Among New England's wildest places, Maine's Lakes and Mountains region is an epic adventure waiting to happen...more >

  Epic Hikes in Maine's Lakes & Mountains


6 Great Appalachian Trail Day Hikes in Maine

The Appalachian Trail, one of the world's most famous long-distance footpaths, marches 2,190 miles through 14 states from Georgia to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. Here are the top 6 day hikes in Maine's Lakes and Mountains...more >

How to have an Unforgettable Winter Hut Trip in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Hut-to-hut adventures: imagine skiing or snowshoeing along a groomed track through Maine's wild woods and at the end of the day reaching a cozy hut to enjoy a hearty meal, great company, and a warm bed...more >

Why Maine's Lakes & Mountains Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

Why should you head to Maine's Lakes and Mountains region? We've got 10 great reasons why to add to your bucket list...more >

The 10 Best Outdoor Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

If you're wondering where to even start on your next trip to Maine's Lakes and Mountains you're in luck. Here is a list of the 10 best outdoor adventures in the area...more >

Peak Bagging in Maine's Lakes and Mountains: How to Summit 10 of Maine's 4,000-FT+ Peaks

If you love to bag peaks, you're going to be thrilled when you visit Maine's Lakes and Mountains with state's highest concentration of mountain peaks over 4,000 feet...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Among New England's wildest places, Maine's Lakes and Mountains region is an epic adventure waiting to happen...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

If you leave Maine’s coast and drive toward Canada, you’ll eventually find yourself deep in the heart of Maine's Lakes & Mountains region. In summer the area offers a large variety of experiences for all types of visitors...more >

  On The Water in Maine's Lakes & Mountains


A Complete Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Many places in the country have been dubbed a “paddler's paradise,” but Maine's Lakes and Mountains region truly lives up to the name...more >

The 4 Best Ways to Get on the Water in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

With hundreds of lakes and ponds, miles of rivers and streams, Maine's Lakes and Mountains is the perfect destination for on the water activities like paddling a canoe or kayak, cruises, swimming, and fishing...more >

The 10 Best Outdoor Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

If you're wondering where to even start on your next trip to Maine's Lakes and Mountains you're in luck. Here is a list of the 10 best outdoor adventures in the area...more >

12 Best Swimming Holes and Waterfalls in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

The vast western region called the Lakes and Mountains claims a fair share of these waterways, with endless waterfalls and swimming holes that invite lazy afternoons by the river...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Among New England's wildest places, Maine's Lakes and Mountains region is an epic adventure waiting to happen...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

If you leave Maine’s coast and drive toward Canada, you’ll eventually find yourself deep in the heart of Maine's Lakes & Mountains region. In summer the area offers a large variety of experiences for all types of visitors...more >

  Let's Eat in Maine's Lakes & Mountains


7 Must-Visit Trail Towns in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

There's something special about Maine trail towns. These pockets of civilization surrounded by wilderness give us easy access to the outdoors and provide launch points for all sorts of adventures...more >

How to Experience the Truly One-of-a-Kind Culture of Maine's Lakes and Mountains

With its rich history, thriving arts and culture scene, and a growing collection of local craft breweries and diverse restaurants, you'll find a unique and delightful culture in Maine's Lakes and Mountains...more >

The 6 Best Trail-to-Pub Pairings in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Whether your go-to brew is a hoppy IPA or a smooth porter, this list will guide you to the best local breweries—all within 30 minutes of Maine's top mountain trails...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Among New England's wildest places, Maine's Lakes and Mountains region is an epic adventure waiting to happen...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

If you leave Maine’s coast and drive toward Canada, you’ll eventually find yourself deep in the heart of Maine's Lakes & Mountains region. In summer the area offers a large variety of experiences for all types of visitors...more >

  Road Tripping in Maine's Lakes & Mountains


A Maine Wanderer Winter Visit to the Bethel Area

Digging into Maine’s geological history at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum after a snowy trek on the delightful Bethel Village Trails will be the highlight of a trip to one of the most well known mountain towns in all of Maine...more >

7 Must-Visit Trail Towns in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

There's something special about Maine trail towns. These pockets of civilization surrounded by wilderness give us easy access to the outdoors and provide launch points for all sorts of adventures...more >

Maine Wanderer Autumn Visit to the Carrabassett Valley

Take a trip to the picturesque Carrabassett Valley with the Maine Wanderer. Discover dining in Stratton and the spectacle that is an autumn ride along the Maine High Peak's Scenic Byway...more >

4 of The Most Beautiful Drives in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Home of one of the oldest scenic byway programs in America, Maine offers many attractive drives that showcase impressive scenery, charming small towns and the state's history...more >

Maine Wanderer Stops in Norway for a Winter Walk

Norway and the surrounding area are perfect bled of downtown Maine charm and the wonder of the great outdoors; and it's all so close in this perfect Maine Lakes & Mountains destination...more >

12 Best Swimming Holes and Waterfalls in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

The vast western region called the Lakes and Mountains claims a fair share of these waterways, with endless waterfalls and swimming holes that invite lazy afternoons by the river...more >

A Summer Classic for the Maine Wanderer in Oquossoc and The Rangeley Lakes

Climb to the panoramic views from the top of Maine's Bald Mountain and then journey back to the state’s earliest Vacationland days as a sporting destination for fly-fisherman from across the nation in and around Oquossoc and Rangeley Lakes...more >

Why Maine's Lakes & Mountains Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

Why should you head to Maine's Lakes and Mountains region? We've got 10 great reasons why to add to your bucket list...more >

Maine Wandering Down to the Farm in Turner

In this visual story, the Maine Wanderer takes you over hill and dale through the Androscoggin Riverlands for a hike and then on to Ricker Hill Orchards for apples; Then on to Nezinscot Farms for delightful Maine Cheeses and other Farm Products...more >

Plan the Perfect Getaway in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

If you leave Maine’s coast and drive toward Canada, you’ll eventually find yourself deep in the heart of Maine's Lakes & Mountains region. In summer the area offers a large variety of experiences for all types of visitors...more >

  Wintertime in Maine's Lakes & Mountains


Beginner or Pro: Top 6 Reasons You Should Go Snowmobiling in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

With deep snow, varied terrain, more than 3,000 miles of marked trails, and a friendly sledding culture, Maine's Lakes and Mountains is an excellent snowmobiling destination...more >

9 Incredible Winter Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Maine's Lakes and Mountains region offers the perfect winter getaway with plenty of snow, few crowds, and a wealth of outdoor experiences for downhill and cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, ice fishermen, ice climbers, fat tire bikers, and dog sledders...more >

How to have an Unforgettable Winter Hut Trip in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Hut-to-hut adventures: imagine skiing or snowshoeing along a groomed track through Maine's wild woods and at the end of the day reaching a cozy hut to enjoy a hearty meal, great company, and a warm bed...more >

The 10 Best Outdoor Adventures in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

If you're wondering where to even start on your next trip to Maine's Lakes and Mountains you're in luck. Here is a list of the 10 best outdoor adventures in the area...more >

A Grand Intro to Fat Biking in Maine's Lakes and Mountains (And Why Everyone Should Try it)

Throughout Maine's Lakes and Mountains region you'll find ideal fat biking trails that traverse through forests, snow-covered hills, and quiet lakes and streams...more >

Why Maine's Lakes & Mountains Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List

Why should you head to Maine's Lakes and Mountains region? We've got 10 great reasons why to add to your bucket list...more >

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