The Complete Guide to an Outdoor New England Summer
There’s never been a better summer to spend outside — or to get to know your own backyard. We teamed up with our friends at Outside magazine to bring you the very best of a New England summer spent outdoors. Time to plan that hike, pack that picnic, map your lobster-roll road trip, and more.
In Maine and beyond, you'll find many of the nation's oldest and most interesting gear shops — and some of its younger and most innovative.
Be sure to head over to Outside, where the Outside team has their own unique mix of stories, with some extra attention to New Hampshire, Vermont, and the rest of New England’s gems.
This summer’s travels require some extra prudence: staying informed of health advisories and closures, observing respectful distancing, being willing to adapt your plans. But with a little care and caution, you’ll find the Maine outdoors as welcoming as ever. Maine businesses are adapting their plans as the summer progresses — call or check the web before you show up. As of July 3, travel in Maine is open without restriction to residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Visitors from any other state must follow quarantine and/or testing guidelines and complete a Certificate of Compliance form. Read up on the state’s Keep Maine Healthy plan for details.