Summer generally comes to an end the fourth week of August. Weather wise, anyway! Mainer's might disagree However, a lot of them like cool weather! Anytime it's over 80 degrees, during summer, everybody complains we're having a heat wave and it's unbearably hot! For me, even though I grew up here, things get too chilly once you get into September. Right now, at 10pm, it's about 54 degrees, and the forecast say's we'll get down into the low to mid 40's tonight? By the end of October, daytime temperatures should be between 45-55 degrees. Night time will be between 35-45. Either day or night, it could be a little warmer, or a little cooler? Say, +/- 5 or 10 degrees? No, snow or anything like that, but chilly and crisp. The peak foliage season will most likely have passed, unless the weeks preceding you trip have been abnormally warm? The leaves will have started shedding from the trees in masses by the last weeks of October.
As far as activities, it really depends on what you're into? If you like outdoor activities and nature, Maine has plenty of that during all seasons. However, there's no a whole lot of other stuff to do. Especially once it gets cold out, or you're not close to the "city" like Portland or Bangor! The beaches will be closed, as well as most tourist attractions, and if you're young, like in you're 20's-30's, there's next to no nightlife. Be prepared for stores, restaurants, etc. to close pretty early in the evening (9pm-10) with not much to do thereafter..
Also be prepared to be surrounded, or stuck behind slow old people driving, as Maine has the oldest average population in the USA. Also, be prepared for a lot of roads to be in terrible condition, full of potholes, frost heaves, and crumbling shoulders! Maine is also one of the poorest states in the country, and there's no money to do things like basic road maintenance. So, driving in Maine really does a number on your car if you spend much time here. Not to mention the corrosive effects of the road salt used in the winter! Also be prepared to be surrounded by poverty, or close to it, once you go outside of an 80 mile radius of Portland. And get use to people who don't really dress very nicely, and who's idea of dressing up for a night out is a sweatshirt/flannel -occasionally even hunting fatigues!- steel toe work boots, and a Boston Red Sox cap. If you dress nice, drive a nice car, look or act like you have money or are "from away" as they say up here, be prepared for people to kind of turn up their nose at you!
Most people that rave about how great Maine is, don't ever come here other than the short three months of summer. And they also usually only visit the scenic, wealthier, more populated/urban areas in the southern fourth of the state, and within 50 miles of the rocky coast. They don't usually ever venture further up north, inland, or into the mountains that make the up the majority of Maine. Nor do they come here during the 8 months of crappy weather. I always tell them try coming in January when it's 10 degrees out, gray skies, with a couple feet of snow and a windchill of -20 below, with a car battery that won't start after the cold night, and then see how great the think it is?
Maine to Quebec isn't far if you could go direct, in a straight line, but there's no major interstates that go there, and you have to take back roads through the Western Maine mountains to get there. From North to South, is over 300 miles. So it's a big state. There us to be an Amtrak train that went from NYC to Montreal, stopping at points in Mass, Vermont, and maybe New Hampshire, but I'm not sure if it still crosses the border into Canada?
If you don't mind shelling out a couple hundred dollars, you could charter a Cessna twin, and fly up to Quebec City in about an hour from PWM
, or LEW. Twin Cities Aviation at LEW airport does this kind of thing. And there are probably other charter outfits at PWM
airports? It's a quick flight over the mountains from Maine.
Flying to BGR
would be a bit closer drive to Quebec City, but the only LCC airline there is Allegiant from Orlando Sanford, and Clearwater, Fl, so fares to BGR
are often kind of steep. PWM
, US, Jet Blue, and Air Tran. Until a few years ago, PWM
was quite pricey to fly into or out of, but these days it's often as cheap or cheaper than flying into Boston and taking the bus, train, or renting a car to get to Maine.
As a lot of people have recommended, Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island is one of the more popular touristy spots people come to Maine to visit. But it's a long drive to get to Quebec! Doesn't look so bad on the map, but as I stated earlier, there's no major interstates to Canada. Nor is there any to Mount Desert Island. Or one going East/West across Maine to Canada from Acadia. It'd be a long long drive! Especially if you were only doing a weekend trip.
Hotels are ridiculously overpriced. Even in the off-season. You usually can't even stay at a Holiday in or Ramada for less than $100 per night![Edited 2010-09-18 19:39:22][
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As for you, the aviation enthusiast, flying into BGR will be a nice experience as it's usually the last stop in the US for military charters before heading over to the sandbox. Last time I was there, a North American B763 was on final right over my head as I was going to Tim Horton's from our Days Inn. My father once saw an An-225 there (according to the US Airways Express pilot... yes it had 6 engines).
Pretty much anything imaginable comes through Bangor! From Concorde, to Antonov's, to heavy troop charters, John Travolta's 707, military fighters and transports, diverted trans-Atlantic flights dropping off air rage passengers, to C-172's preparing to ferry across the Atlantic Ocean! The past week has been particularly busy with military charters. There's been 5-7 per day the last few week, mostly on World MD-11's and NOA 767's and 757's. Antonov -124 is fairly regular, too, and the -225 stops occasionally as well.
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