10 Places to Travel on a Budget: Maine

If you'd like to take a New England vacation, knowing 10 places to travel on a budget in Maine is a great start to planning your trip.

  1. Eastport. The easternmost point in the US is a town in Maine called Eastport. It's a great place to travel on a budget, if only to say you've been. While there, take a cruise on a schooner, travel by ferry across the Canadian border, and stay in one of several local hotels and inns starting around $100 per night.

  2. Baxter State Park. Maine has a lot of gorgeous scenery, and traveling there on a budget should include a trip to Baxter State Park near Millinocket to get the best view. The fee is $14 per vehicle, unless you are a Maine resident. Here you can climb part or all of Mt. Katahdin, and camp or stay in a cabin overnight. Baxter State Park: 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462-2190.
  3. Acadia National Park. Travel to Acadia National Park in Maine to experience breathtaking views whether hiking or driving the Park Loop Road. The entrance fee is $20, good for one car for seven days. Camping space is available. If you're visiting Acadia National Park, why not stop by Bar Harbor at the same time? This seaside town can get a little expensive, but strolling around the streets of Bar Harbor will fit into just about anyone's budget. Acadia National Park: Rte 233 McFarland Hill, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

  4. Isle Au Haut. This little island off the coast of Stonington is a great place to take a budget day trip. You can also camp on Isle Au Haut, or stay at the tiny inn overnight. The island is a beautiful, relaxing place to visit. You'll have the best time if you can befriend a local who is willing to show you around.
  5. Fort Knox State Park. You won't find any gold bricks here. Fort Knox State Park is a great Maine destination to travel to on a budget. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children five to eleven years old. The fort offers great views of Bucksport and the Penobscot River, and can get quite spooky in the darker corners. Fort Knox State Park: 711 Fort Knox Rd, Prospect, ME‎, 04416.
  6. Caribou. If you're traveling on a budget in Maine, making your way north towards the Canadian border can be an interesting way to spend your trip. Stop by Caribou to experience, among other things, the Nylander Museum of Natural History.

  7. Toddy Pond. Spend a relaxing few days in a cabin on the shores of one of Maine's many ponds, just south of Orland. Enjoy the quiet, secluded nature of the place while fishing, boating, and swimming. You can also camp nearby if you wish. Toddy Pond is a popular location with locals and budget travelers alike. Toddy Pond: 286 Back Ridge Road, Orland, ME‎, 04472.
  8. Portland. If you don't want to spend your entire budget Maine vacation in the woods, why not check out Portland, the largest city in Maine? According to its website, Portland is "ranked nationally as one of the ten safest, culturally most fascinating US Cities." While there, sample some native lobsters and wild blueberries and check out the lighthouses.
  9. White Mountain National Forest. The White Mountain National Forest spans the Maine/New Hampshire border. Some areas do not require entrance fees; others charge a $5 fee for a seven day pass. The quiet grandeur of the forest is yours to savor while you camp, swim, and boat. White Mountain National Forest: 18 Mayville Road, Bethel, ME 04217-4400.
  10. Castine. This peaceful seaside town is home to many historical sites (it's one of the oldest towns in New England), and also the Maine Maritime Academy. You'll find the sea breezes refreshing as you walk about the nearby beaches and spend your days ogling any ships in port and your nights shooting the breeze at Dennet's Wharf Restaurant.



Baxter State Park

Acadia National Park

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Fort Knox State Park

Nylander Museum


White Mountain National Forest

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