Many Maine camping spots offer Memorial Day weekend travelers amazing views of wildlife, forests, and other scenery.
Cabins and Cottages
For cabins, try coastal resorts, and don't forget parks and ski areas.
Many sporting camps are members of the Maine Sporting Camp Association.
Most islands and coastal communities have rental cottages. Real estate firms or large rental agencies often handle these properties.
Contact local chambers of commerce for more information. And when you ask around, remember: Mainers call them "camps."
Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks
More than 150 Maine RV campgrounds offer full hook-ups; many others have everything from simple utilities to wi-fi and cable TV.
The RV camping season often runs from mid-May through early October.
Some resorts fill quickly, so plan ahead. For a list, visit the Maine Campground Association or check with a chamber of commerce.
Public Reserved Lands
Maine's Public Reserved Lands total more than a half million acres of wild lands managed for recreation, wildlife, and timber. Generally, fees aren't charged to visit them.
You can visit most of them with a Registered Maine Guide. Prepare for a rugged, remote backcountry experience -- these land units aren't staffed like state park or historic sites. Visit Maine.gov to plan your trip.
A dozen Maine parks offer campgrounds close to hiking trails, beaches, and downtowns.
They have sites for tents, small trailers, and for RVs, and include amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, dumping stations, and group campsites.
Call the Bureau of Parks and Lands, contact them by postal mail to make camping reservations, or go online.
Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is Maine's only national park.
From May 1 through October 31, Blackwoods Campground, south of Bar Harbor, welcomes tenters and RVs. Seawall Campground, near Southwest Harbor, is open late May through September 30. Wildwood Stables Campground is open only to park visitors with stock animals.
Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut has five lean-to shelters open from May 15 to October 15.
White Mountain National Forest in western Maine offers Hastings Campground and Crocker Pond Campground for hikers and for day visitors, open from mid-May through mid-October. (Maine Office of Tourism)
Whether you're taking a road trip, pitching a tent, or renting a cabin or a cottage, these are great campsites for relaxing during the unofficial start of summer.
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