Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Tour Ideas

Fall is a beautiful time of year to explore Maine and revel in the brilliant colors of the changing leaves and the fresh, crisp air that makes outdoor activities invigorating.

The breathtaking panoramic view of gold, orange, red and yellow treetops from the top of mountain will be your reward for a fall hike. Western and northern Maine are filled with scenic hikes in Maine's state parks, from Grafton Notch just outside of Bethel, to Peaks Kenney Park in Dover-Foxcroft. There are even coastal ``mountains" in York, Pownal and Camden that offer spectacular views at the end of a short hike. For a more challenging coastal hike, pick a trail at Acadia National Park, pack your camera and gear up for breathtaking views of the foliage, the Atlantic coast and local wildlife.

Hop in your car and take in one of Maine's many scenic drives that show off our beautiful fall foliage and picturesque communities. The Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway begins on Route 17 in Byron and continues north to its namesake waterway. The drive culminates at the Height of Land turnout, about 10 miles from Byron. The scenic overlook offers views of five lakes and the rolling mountains that surround them.

The foliage colors in northern Maine can be seen with a drive along Route 11, which snakes between two mountains and two lakes as it follows the Fish River to Fort Kent.

The changing leaves can also be enjoyed from a rail car as you ride from Brunswick to Rockland on the Maine Eastern Railroad in Midcoast Maine. Rail service is also offered in central Maine from Unity and Burnham through the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Preservation Society.

And one final unique way to enjoy the fall foliage is from the top of the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, just off Route 1 in Prospect. An elevator will whisk you to a glass enclosed 360-degree Observatory soaring 440 feet above the Penobscot River and surrounding countryside.

Maine's many orchards and farms present the perfect opportunity to pick your own fall produce. Choose the perfect pumpkin for carving or fill a sack with fresh apples for pies before capping off the day with a cup of warm cider or a hayride.

Enjoy the beauty of Maine's coastal communities and inland villages with a stay at a cozy inn or bed and breakfast while taking in the local scenery shops and restaurants. Coastal villages from York to Bar Harbor and inland towns from Bethel to Presque Isle welcome autumn guests with warm Maine hospitality.

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