Northern New England and Eastern Canada
Our hub in Portland Maine is the perfect jumping-off point for adventures in Northern New England and Eastern Canada, offering exceptional access to world-class hiking, biking, camping, and swimming.
Within a few hours of pick-up, you can be exploring the rugged coastline of Acadia National Park, summiting peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, or basking in the refreshing waters of Vermont’s Lake Champlain.
New to camping, or can’t picture yourself cooking anything other than s’mores over an open fire? Fear not! While New England has lots of protected, wild spaces, it is also possible to stay more in-touch with civilization here than in some of our western destinations. For this reason, trips out of Portland are perfect for experienced campervan enthusiasts as well as those who are perhaps newly campervan-curious (or even campervan-cautious). If you seek to be totally off the grid, our vans have the solar, water storage, and four wheel drive to make it possible – endless forests, parks and peaks await! But if you find yourself more comfortable with reliable access to cell service, gas stations, and restaurants, our campervan rental hub in Portland, Maine still has a great deal of possibility!
May – October
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT (PWM) OR BOSTON LOGAN
Recommended Trip Length
COASTAL MAINE & ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
INTERIOR MAINE & MOUNT KATAHDIN
ACADIA & EASTERN CANADA
GREEN & WHITE MOUNTAINS
Kick off your road trip on Coastal RT 1, linking beloved seaside communities like Boothbay Harbor, Camden, and Belfast. Hit the trails for panoramic ocean views, set sail on a schooner in Penobscot Bay, and feast on the day’s catch from a local lobster pound. Then, make your way to Acadia National Park. Tucked on Mount Desert Island, Acadia is home to some 130 miles of hiking trails, 60 miles of Rockefeller’s manicured Carriage Roads, and infinite views of the island’s rugged coastline! Acadia is the perfect playground for any outdoor enthusiast; swim or kayak in glacially carved lakes, bike on the vast network of car-free gravel roads, and hike to your heart’s content. Then, when you are ready for a taste of civilization, zip into beloved Bar Harbor, known for its working waterfront as well as delightful shops and eateries.
Though Maine’s coastline is perhaps a splashier destination, its interior is equally compelling – did you know Maine is the most forested state in the nation? Those in search of wildlife and wilderness need not look further! Head north toward Rangeley Lake or Moosehead Lake, where there are endless opportunities to swim, fish and recreate. Or, set your sights on Baxter State Park. This peaceful playground is a hiker’s paradise; lightly trafficked trails often lead to remote ponds, where canoes are stashed on the lakeshore, just waiting to be used! Pure heaven! Baxter is also home to mighty Mount Katahdin. Famous for its epic “knife’s edge” ridgeline, Katahdin is Maine’s tallest peak (5,269 ft) as well as the termination point of the Appalachian Mountain Trail. And, be sure to check out Katahdin Woods and Waters, one of the country’s newest National Monuments and the surest spot to see a moose!
Travel back in time with a visit to Eastern Canada, where the blues are a little bluer, the greens a little greener, and the people are as friendly as they come! Nova Scotia is known for its fresh-off-the-dock seafood, raw capes and coastline, and quaint coastal communities. Road trip around the peninsula, where you can witness the Bay of Fundy’s dramatic 40 foot tides, wine-taste in the country’s oldest vineyards, and fall asleep under some of the darkest night skies in North America. If you are up for a bigger adventure, consider adding on an adventure to Cape Breton or Prince Edward Island, both spectacular in their own right.
If you seek to slip away from the stresses of civilization, New Hampshire and Vermont are for you! Small in size but mighty in scale, these mountainous states boast the region’s best hiking; NH has some 48 peaks over 4000 feet! Drive the 35 mile Kancamagus Highway, widely considered to be the best fall foliage drive in New England, stopping to swim, hike, or camp in White Mountain National Forest. North Conway, Franconia Notch, and Crawford Notch make for memorable day trips, as does taking the auto road up Mount Washington to the 6300 ft summit (you can see six states plus Canada from the top!). And those are just the must-do’s for New Hampshire; bucolic as can be, Vermont also has epic hiking and biking as well as a number of impossibly charming towns, like Woodstock and Stowe (which we like to think of as the Jackson Hole of the East).
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Did You Know: Excited about all the possibilities and potential, but not sure where to begin? Click below to download a free copy of our Moterra Insider’s Guide to do a deeper dive into our favorite routes and recommendations, as well as access more detailed information about campgrounds and activities to help you maximize your time in these beautiful areas.