About Maine

Bring your family and come to Maine this summer. Maine has something for everyone, especially if you look forward to spending part of your summer away from the hustle and bustle of more urban areas.

Maine is not only larger than the other five New England states combined, it has a population less than half that of greater Boston, which leaves summer visitors plenty of pristine lakes, powerful rivers, miles of scenic, rocky coastline, and breathtaking stretches of forested mountains to explore. Colby is located on Mayflower Hill overlooking the Kennebec River and the town of Waterville, only minutes from the renowned Belgrade chain of inland lakes, an hour from the Atlantic coast, and slightly more than an hour from both wilderness mountains and rivers and from Portland, the state's largest city. The 714-acre campus is a state wildlife management area and includes an arboretum, bird sanctuary, pond, playing fields, and walking and cross-country trails that wind through acres of wooded land.

There are many off-campus activities awaiting the visitor to Colby, too. Within an hour's drive you can find great sandy beaches like Popham and Reid State Park, shopping opportunities in the dozens of outlet stores in Freeport (home to the famous L.L. Bean, which never closes), great hiking and whitewater rafting in the mountains to our north and west, and lighthouse or whale watch cruises out of Camden, Boothbay, and Rockland harbors. For many, the highlight of a trip to Maine is a visit to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. If you plan to go to Acadia, we suggest booking reservations early as hotels and other accommodations fill up quickly.

Listed below are links to sites that contain a wealth of information for the visitor to Maine.

Maine Tourism
The official State of Maine Office of Tourism site contains information by region. You can also search their database for events, accommodations, and activities.

Maine Tourism Association
The site of the Maine Tourism Association, maintained for its members, contains searchable databases, a calendar of events, information by region, links to state parks, and travel planners.

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
A comprehensive guide to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and surrounding towns and communities. Includes interactive maps, amazing photography, links to the National Park Service, and much more. You can even send a lobster-gram! For a trip here, plan early, as summer accommodations fill up quickly.

Maine Outdoors
A site dedicated to all the outdoor activities Maine has to offer, including hiking, biking, camping, whitewater rafting, golf, nature watching, and more. Each section has links to many other related sites.

Maine Whitewater Rafting     
Sponsored by Maine eleven professional whitewater rafting outfitters. Some of the best whitewater in the East is found in Maine. Class IV and V rapids await the visitor looking for a real challenge, while class II and III trips offer fun for kids and seniors.

Lighthouses
If you like lighthouses, then Maine is your mecca. With more than 60 lighthouses along the coast from Kittery to Eastport, Maine boasts more lighhouses than most people can see in one trip.

Maine Art Museum Trail
Seven museums in Maine (including Colby's) invite you to explore more than 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary.