Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

Road Trip Travel

Maine is a beautiful vacation destination for anyone who enjoys wildlife, breathtaking mountain views, picturesque coastlines, and outdoor activities, but before you take to the roads of Maine, you should know what you’re getting yourself into.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

Roadside billboards are illegal on Maine highways, so ugly ads will never distract you from the natural beauty of the land. The passenger (not the driver!) should always have a camera ready. Some of the best scenery in Maine can be seen from your car and in most areas, it is safe to pull over to snap a few pictures.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

Leave your shiny new BMW at home. Rent a car if you plan on traveling anywhere outside of the big city of Portland. Driving along Maine’s roads can be quite an adventure. Everyday behind the wheel is exciting when the roads have potholes, frost heaves, wildlife, mud, dirt, dust, falling rocks, logging trucks, old pick-em-up trucks that seem to throw objects under your tires, and big rigs that spit rocks at your windshield.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

Be extra cautious of our road signs and take them seriously. ‘Falling rocks’ really does mean that rocks are likely to fall down a mountainside and hit your windshield. In the Greenville area, “Moose Crossing” means that moose are likely to not only cross the road, but stand in the road, lie in the road, and sleep in the road. Also beware of beavers and porcupines. Even though they have not been given the honor of official road signs, these smaller animals can be just as dangerous if you swerve to avoid hitting them.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

When driving up and down hills, you must adjust your vehicle’s gas peddle accordingly. Tourists from Florida are easy to spot because ‘flatlanders’ go 20 mph up the hill and 90 mph down the hill. It takes some getting used to, but it is possible to maintain a steady speed while driving over hills.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

The spring frost indicates many things. Summer is right around the corner, flowers will soon be in bloom, mud season is here, and road construction must begin. Maine roads have improved drastically over the last decade or two, but that improvement also comes with a cost. Road construction in Maine can cause tardiness, stress, confusion, and the occasional mental breakdown.

Road Trip Travel Tips for Maine Vacations

If you’re traveling to Maine in the winter, be courteous and cautious around plow trucks. If you’re traveling to Maine in the spring, don’t bother going to the carwash to clean the mud off your car until the end of your trip. If you’re traveling to Maine in the summer, be prepared to spend hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic in popular areas, like the one and only road to Bar Harbor. If you are traveling to Maine in the fall, try to pay attention to the road ahead of you. I know the changing leaves are pretty, but leaf-peeper rubber-necking can be dangerous and my car’s bumper can’t handle another rear-end collision!