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Visiting Maine – Part 3 – Searching for Moose

May 5, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

In our first two posts in this series on finding the information you need for your visit to Maine, we talked about Maine’s different regions and some of the specifics on the different areas along the Maine coast and in the mountains and lakes.

Maine moose crossing signIn the next several posts we’ll look at the three icons of Maine tourist attractions: the moose, the lobster and the lighthouse! This post will begin with the moose.

We posted a blog entry about moose in Maine quite some time ago. This will discuss some of the same ideas and add some new ones, as well.

Moose in Maine are most common in the western and northern portions of the state, but can be found almost anywhere on occasion. You can choose a variety of ways to see moose in Maine. We’ll talk about several of them.

A Moose Safari

One of the best ways to see moose in the Maine wilds is to take a guided tour. There are many tour operators who offer moose safaris ranging from a few hours to several days. Search “maine moose safari” to see a number of them.

Moose in the woods near Rangeley, MaineThese tours will take you into the woods, to get within camera distance of the majestic creatures. They are usually designed for photography, so there will also often be tips on lighting, positioning, and ways to get some really good photos of the giant mammals.

DIY Travel

If you’re not necessarily interested in a tour, both the Rangeley Lakes region and the Moosehead Lake region are prime locations for finding and watching moose.

Both areas have motels, bed and breakfasts, and cabins where you can stay and provide a wealth of information for those looking for a chance to see moose.

Day Trips

In addition, if your visit doesn’t allow for a trip of several days to one of the areas where moose are populous, some of these areas are not a difficult day trip from the coastal areas.

For example, Rangeley, Maine is only about a two hour drive from Freeport, Maine, so we have driven to Rangely in the afternoon, looked for moose at dusk, and returned to Freeport the same evening.

Keep in mind that moose are most often seen at dawn or dusk, as the low light often brings them out of the woods to graze. However, the same low light makes photography a bit of a challenge, and can make for danger along the roads, as you can round a curve or crest a hill to find a moose in the roadway. They are huge creatures, so drive cautiously, as they can do a lot of damage to a vehicle in a collision!

However you decide to search for Maine moose, we hope you’ll find them and have a richly rewarding time in Maine!

Visiting Maine? Where to Find the Information You Need

April 23, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

If you’ve never visited Maine you may find yourself wondering where to start to gather the information you need on places to visit (which lighthouses should I see?), things to see and do (where can I see a moose?), where to stay, dine and play, and the all-important question, “where can I get lobster?”

We’ve gathered some of the best information for you, so you can begin to plan that very special vacation! Over the next several posts, we’ll try to answer these questions and provide resources for more information.

Where should I go in Maine?
Maine’s Office of Tourism divides the state into eight regions, and you’ll find something wonderful in every one of them. The regions (more or less south to north) are Maine Beaches (did you know Maine has beaches? This is the area on the Atlantic coast just north of the New Hampshire border, from Kittery to around Kennebunkport), Greater Portland and Casco Bay (everything from Cape Elizabeth to Freeport), Lakes and Mountains (the unspoiled mountains and lake areas from New Hampshire north beyond Naples), Kennebec and Moose River valleys (from Augusta north almost to Quebec, Canada), Midcoast (from Brunswick north beyond Belfast), the Maine Highlands (a large area, encompassing Bangor, Greenville and Millinocket), Downeast and Acadia (from Bar Harbor to Eastport and Calais), and finally Aroostook County (everything north to the Canada border).

Where you go depends on what you like to see and do. If you like hiking, camping, fishing, skiing and other outdoor activities, almost any of these areas will have what you are looking for. If you’re looking for beaches, the Maine Beaches and the Midcoast are your best bet.

For lighthouses, harbors, lobster shacks and hidden places known only to the locals, almost anywhere along the coast will have them, but there may be more of them in the Midcoast and Downeast and Acadia areas than some of the others.

And, of course, if you are trying to see a moose… Well, it is possible to see a moose in virtually any part of Maine, but they are more likely to show themselves in the western and northern parts of the state.

In the next installment we’ll talk about resources for learning more about some of the places to visit, and where to go for more information.

Is there anything about Maine you’d like to know? Please post a comment and we’ll get you the answer, or if the answer is a long one, we’ll work on posting a new entry on that topic.

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