Favorite Outdoor Adventure Towns in Northern New England--May through August
Bar Harbor, Maine, and Acadia National ParkThis might not be the best weekend jaunt for a getaway from Boston or Hartford, but it’s a must-do East Coast natural wonder destination. And, I am not going to say much more than that because starting on page 60 in Yankee Magazine‘s May/June 2011 issue, Wayne Curtis will fill you in on all the details about Acadia National Park‘s hiking trails. Sure, there is also rock climbing, biking adventures, kayaking, whale watching, and windjammer cruises. But, I don’t want to overwhelm you.
Burke, Vermont, and the Northeast Kingdom
Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain have helped to put the Northeast Kingdom on the map. Though, that statement could spur a chicken versus the egg debate because the Northeast Kingdom’s geography is what put it on the map in the first place. Either way, in 2006 the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations named the Northeast Kingdom as a destination for Geotourism which they define as, “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” Sounds like a nice place to visit.
Here is one thing about the area that is not debatable: it’s a mountain biking destination. Kingdom Trails Association maintains a trail system that during the warmer months is considered the “best trail network in North America,” according to Bike Magazine. (It doubles as a destination for cross county skiing during the winter.) Not too far off of I-91, depending on where you are traveling from, thanks to the convenience of interstate travel, it’s closer than it may appear.
With Lake Willoughby about 30 minutes away, and Lake Memphremagog under an hour away, despite being in the land-locked state of Vermont, you’ll have opportunities to get wet. In fact, from Lake Memphremagog, you can paddle part of the the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail to the Connecticut River.
If you haven’t learned anything new from my list of favorite adventure towns in Northern New England, I will share with you one tidbit of information that I’ve learned from compiling it. Don’t limit your favorite list of places to go this summer to a short list. Because I am pretty certain all across New England whatever adventure you are on and where ever you may be, you’re going have a pretty good time. Especially if you can find a hammock!