Earlier this week Bangor was named one of the top ten best winter cities by Livability.com, and today, famed travel resource Lonely Planet named northern Maine as one of the top ten travel destinations in the country for 2012. Citing the region’s hiking, biking, rafting, wildlife-watching and more, Lonely Planet – whose exhaustively researched books about countless worldwide destinations have been a staple of shoestring travelers for decades – name checked places like Baxter State Park, Mt. Katahdin, Moosehead Lake and Aroostook County as must-see locations.
The post on the Lonely Planet website reads as follows:
Moose, white water rafting, epic hiking. No, not the Rockies – we’re talking about Maine. Maine isn’t only lobster rolls, lighthouses and rocky shoreline. The woodsy interior, on the top half of the Maine ‘thumb’ reaching north to the Canada border, makes for a wilderness adventure. The Appalachian Trail begins/ends atop Mt Katahdin (which literally means ‘Mt Great Mountain’), in primitive Baxter State Park, with 200,000 acres of lakes and mountains to reach by hiking boot. Nearby is Moosehead Lake, home to a 99-year-old steamboat to ride, and the source of the Kennebec River, with great rafting opportunities at the Forks. To the north in remote Aroostook County, miles of old rail beds have been transformed into bike trails, and multi-day canoe trips can paddle you right up to the Canadian border.
The US-specific list was selected by Lonely Planet’s US-based editors and authors and features their picks for the destinations they feel are the top places to travel to within our country next year. Other places on this year’s list include Louisville, KY; Fairbanks, AK; the San Juan Islands, WA; Philadelphia, PA; American Samoa; the Eastern Sierras, CA; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Verde Valley, AZ and Glacier National Park, MT.