3. Camden, Maine

The beautiful trees and historic buildings in Camden, Maine

Coastal Maine is one of the most gorgeous places in the world. In the quaint coastal town of Camden, you will find no shortage of gorgeous natural scenery, from beautiful rolling green hills to picturesque views of the harbor. Camden, a picture perfect New England town, is aptly nicknamed “where the mountains meet the sea.”

Spring and winter are considered the off season, and thus, lodging tends to be much cheaper. Spring is the ideal time to visit as you can take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor activities in the area. Quiet cottages and inns can be reserved in the lower $100 price range. Oftentimes you can find specials deals on Groupon or Living Social as well. The area is charming, quiet, and historic – everything you would want in a peaceful spring vacation.

Budget Friendly Fun in the area

*Exploring the many beautiful hiking trails at Camden Hills State Park – One of coastal Maine’s natural treasures, Camden Hills offers outdoor enthusiasts a beautiful place to hike, take photos, and simply enjoy being out in nature. Miles and miles of trails with varying scenery and terrain can be found throughout the park, from an invigorating climb up Mt. Battie where 360 degrees view of the bay await you, to a relaxing stroll through blueberry fields. Admission is just $5 per car or free for residents. Read more about beautiful Camden Hills.

Gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay from the Mt. Battie trail

Gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay from the Mt. Battie trail

Gorgeous views from the Mt. Battie trail at Camden Hills

Gorgeous views of Maine's rolling green hills at Camden Hills State Park

Gorgeous views of the bay and surrounding green hills from the Mt. Battie trail.

*Strolling around historic downtown –The quaint, historic waterfront downtown region is a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll. Grab a relaxing lunch at Camden Deli while you soak in great views of the harbor. You will also find many unique independent shops and galleries.

A relaxing waterfall in the downtown area.

A relaxing waterfall in the downtown area.

Other budget friendly vacation ideas include a day trip to Arcadia National Park, about an hour and a half drive, although well worth it for what is considered one of the best parks in America. In addition to offering plentiful hiking and wildlife watching opportunities, the park is one of the best places in the state for finding seaglass. Exploring other small coastal towns like Belfast, Lincolnville, and Rockland are other options for fun during your Mid Coast Maine vacation.