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  • 3 top summer canoe trips in Maine

    Here are the three best river trips in Maine if you're looking to experience our state and make memories you'll look back on for decades. Any experience level, any length of time - you're covered. Put it on the calendar. Read on

  • Mt. Kineo: An amazing hike with an odd history on Moosehead Lake

    Henry David Thoreau climbed it in 1852. The beauty of the mountain in the lake summons people to explore its natural and rugged beauty following in Thoreau’s footsteps. Read on

  • Abol closure still leaves five great hiking routes to the top of Katahdin

    The Abol Trail is closed for the foreseeable future due to landslides, but that still leaves five other great hiking routes to the summit of Katahdin, Maine's highest mountaintop. Get an overview of these hikes and watch a video with tips for preparing for your big climb. Read on

  • 7 of the most beautiful beaches within 45 minutes of Portland

    You could visit a different beautiful beach every day of the week - all within 45 minutes of the city. Beaches around here are a little like our restaurants; different ones appeal to different moods and different tastes. Read on

  • 4 easy camping recipes that will make you drool over an open fire – all you need is a pan

    You can bring bags of almonds, some protein bars and peanut butter sandwiches, but why torture yourself. Camping is the time to get in touch with your inner Ron Swanson — for me, that means as much meat on a stick as possible. You can easily put eggs, burgers or a steak in a pan or *sigh* eat a salad ... Read on

  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

  • Mt. Blue State Park is great for camping, hiking, fishing: A guide to Maine’s largest state park

    Mount Blue State Park is Maine's largest state park, but isn't the most visited. It's beautiful and remote. Perfect for tent camping, hiking and fishing. It’s almost two parks in one, separated by Webb Lake. Read on

  • 10 easy Maine hikes anyone can do: Great views for the casual hiker

    All these hikes are less than 2 miles. They're not difficult, but they are super gratifying. 6 of them are within an hour's drive of Portland. If you're not a hardcore hiker, but want a mountaintop view, here's our picks for you: Read on

  • Backcountry camping on the Kancamagus Highway

    Pack a bag, hop in the car and be at a private wilderness campsite within a couple hours of Portland. Did I mention it's in the heart of the White Mountains with some of the best views in New England? Read on

  • 5 most scenic spots in Maine: Coastal Edition

    Maine has plenty of gorgeous locations, but these five spots on Maine's coast are certainly favorites. And now that warmer weather is moving in, it's time to take a drive and take in the views (loitering is encouraged). Read on

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