Maine in the fall is the place to be. Maine’s beaches may be too chilly for beachcombing, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to see. In early fall, there’s still whale-watching to be had, and the lighthouses of Maine are always standing tall, no matter what time of year you visit. The perfect way to see them and the coast’s beautiful Maine fall foliage? A windjammer cruise.

Or go visit a Blueberry Barren: Following the harvest of the tiny blue delectables every year offers an even more beautiful site for those who venture out to Washington County to see the blueberry barrens: they becomes a stark, wild, almost surreal blue and then rick red, as seasons fold from late summer into deep winter. To reach the barrens by car, take Route 193 out of Cherryfield or off the Airline in Beddington and go to Deblois. Or swing north off Route 1 in Harrington, Columbia Falls or Jonesboro. There are also big stretches of barrens alongside Route 9 in Wesley and Crawford.

The Bold Coast Scenic Byway provides an opportunity to experience the unique beauty, culture, history, and recreational opportunities of Downeast Maine and Coastal Washington County. From beginning to end, the Bold Coast Scenic Byway is characterized by rocky coastlines teeming with seabirds and seals, sparkling harbors bustling with lobster-, scallop-, and ground-fishing boats, colorful beaches riddled with tide pools to explore, mysterious fog banks enshrouding the dense coastal forests, panoramic blueberry barrens glowing blue in summer and red in fall, glorious sunrises and sunsets, and a dark night sky brilliant with stars. Peak foliage viewing usually in the last half of October. Check the Maine Foliage Report for current conditions.

Acadia Night Sky Festival  Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi River. With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.” We invite you to discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights at this annual celebration.

Take a trip to see the Northern Lights: Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is the place to experience the Northern Lights, and is about three hours from Machiasport. The park is a great place to experience the Aurora Borealis. Crisp clear winter nights are the most common for viewing, however sightings are possible in both spring and fall when magnetic storm activity is strongest.