Here in the Maine Lakes region, we are blessed with this advantage: Within a one hour drive, you can enjoy much of the Maine Coast, or, some of the finest mountains anywhere. And in-between: are hundreds of lakes, ponds, waterways, and hiking spots to enjoy.
The Causeway here in Naples Maine comes alive mid-morning each Summer’s day, and stays busy well into the evenings. All watercraft boating is popular. Hiking is a year-round activity now. Ice and technical climbing is increasing in popularity each year.
Also within a one hour drive you can climb aboard the Amtrack Downeaster train in Portland for Boston, or north to Freeport. Drive west to board the cog railway to the highest point in the Northeast, up the west side of Mount Washington. A great (many say a must-do regional adventure) is to drive your vehicle up the amazing Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit at least once in your lifetime. The small investment in the “Audio Accompaniment” sharing many fascinating facts about this engineering marvel, is a great value.
The following pointers and tips can save you valuable hours of precious time while here in the region: Try to avoid driving west on Route 302 on Friday afternoons into the early evening. That is also the most difficult time to be northbound on the Maine Turnpike. You should also do your best to avoid traveling eastbound on route 302 during the mid and late afternoons into the early evening on Sunday in the summer.. and the same is true if leaving the state southbound.
Visiting Sebago Lake State Park on weekends and holidays: make sure that you arrive before 10:30 AM if you want a parking place inside the park.. Often true on any hot summer day.
If the weather is overcast or rainy, the many thousands normally on the beaches will be heading to regional outlet and shopping Meccas: Freeport, North Conway, The Maine Mall are popular examples. For your best experience, just arrive early to beat what will become huge crowds, and snag the best deals too! LLBean in Freeport is open 24/7/365 with no locks on the exterior doors of the Flagship Store. See for yourself.. Enjoy!!