3 Reasons Snowmobiling Is the Best Part of a Maine Winter Vacation

Although most people think of Maine as a summer destination–with visions of lobster rolls beckoning them to the coast–planning a winter vacation in Maine has a lot of perks. You’ll miss all the peak season crowds, you won’t risk getting carried away to Canada by mosquitoes, and most of all, you can enjoy one of the best winter activities in Maine: snowmobiling.

Whether you’ve never been on a snowmobiling adventure or you haven’t been out on the trails since you were a kid, here are three reasons that snowmobiling is the perfect activity to add to your Maine winter getaway!

Snowmobiling is the best part of a Maine winter vacation


You’ll forget about the rest of the world.

When you’re on vacation, you want to leave all your responsibilities far behind. But it’s easy to get sucked back into the humdrum of daily life when your phone is still glued to your hand and you’re connected to Wi-Fi at the lodge.

The solution? Head out into the Maine woods where the lack of anything resembling a cell signal will let you disconnect. You might just remember what life was like before technology took over.

You can explore more of Maine in less time.

With an average annual snowfall of around 100 or more inches in central and western parts of the state, Mainers definitely know how to have fun in the winter season. There are plenty of winter activities to choose from in Maine.

And sure, you could go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. These are great ways to exercise and enjoy the peacefulness of nature in the winter.

But if you want to see even more of Maine, there’s nothing better than taking a snowmobile trip. If you’re visiting Maine in the winter for the first time, you might be surprised to learn how extensive and well-maintained the Maine snowmobile trails are. You can essentially criss-cross the entire state on the Interconnected Trail System (ITS).

The classic Maine joke, “You can’t get there from here” might not apply when it comes to snowmobiling!

Maine snowmobile trails in the woods


It’s the best way to see Maine in the winter.

If you want to see some of the most beautiful places in Maine, you’ve got to get off the sand-covered winter roads and go where your car cannot take you: deep into the woods. Maine is 90% forest, and if you haven’t explored the back woods, you’re missing out.

Not only will you catch some amazing views of a snow-covered winter landscape, you can get to places that cars can’t. Plus, when you’re snowmobiling, a snowstorm won’t stop you from traveling–it just gives you more reason to go out on the trails! Some of our favorite snowmobile trips are the mountaintop views from Coburn Mountain and the icy Grand Falls on the Dead River.


summit of Coburn on snowmobile

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort offers snowmobile rentals, late model sleds that are easy to ride for all experience levels. Snowmobile gear, trail maps, guided and self-guided tours are also available.

What’s your favorite way to get outside on a winter vacation? If you’ve been snowmobiling in Maine, what’s the best memory or experience you’ve had? Let us know in the comments below!



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