Without a doubt Maine is known for its beautiful scenic spots, and the Maine Beaches region is no exception. Standing on any one of our 30+ miles of long sandy beaches will treat the visitor to an expansive view of that magical space where the Atlantic ocean meets the sky. In addition to that though, there are some locations where expansive gives way to breathtaking.
For example, the Maine Beaches region is home to Bald Head Cliff in York (featured in the header photo above). Unlike our typically sandy coastline, it is one place here where towering cliff rocks jut out into the ocean. Reminiscent of more northern areas of the state, Bald Head Cliff at sunrise rivals any other up and down the east coast. Additionally, Bald Head Cliff as a rock formation is geologically intriguing with its stair like structure and the “devil’s pulpit” at its bow. Header Photo Credit: Charles Cormier Photography
Anyone willing to hike just a bit can visit our local mountain, Mt. Agamenticus, where views from the summit stretch from the Atlantic to the Mt. Washington range in New Hampshire, and on the clearest of days, some say you can make out the barest outline of the Boston skyline. There are trails suited for both beginners and those looking for a more challenging hike, and with a picnic area at the top, you might want to pack a lunch and spend the afternoon immersed in the view.
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, a mile long, paved cliff-walk that meanders along the shoreline, offers benches along the way so visitors can sit and stay awhile among the roses. The walk is pedestrian and wheelchair friendly, which makes it a wonderful experience for the whole family. The end of the walk ushers you into Perkins Cove where you’ll find shops, restaurants and a working dock.
Sometimes the best view is from the air.
If the forest is more your thing, the Maine Beaches offers miles of hiking trails where you’ll discover secret groves and where you’ll be surprised by beautiful views around unexpected corners. Among these trails are those at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Vaughn Woods in South Berwick, and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells.
When riders reach the top of the Ferris wheel at Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, they are able to see nearly all 7-miles of that town’s coastline. It’s worth riding it more than once! And Southern Maine Aviation (operating out of the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport) offers scenic flights, allowing passengers unmatched glimpses of the entire shore.
Finally, timing is everything. While any one of these views and vistas is gorgeous any time of day, if you’re able to schedule your visit as the sun rises or sets, magic sets in. And during the fall, the region explodes in a tableau of colors that creates a completely different experience than any other time of year.
Wherever you take in your view, there is always MORE to a Maine Beaches vacation!