The state of Maine is popularly nicknamed Vacationland. This is an apt term because Maine really is a vacation paradise. Whether you travel with family, with friends, or with fellow adventurers, you are in for a treat the minute you step foot on Maine grounds. If you are a backpacker or an adventurer looking for thrills and excitement, you are up for an incredible treat. Here are five reasons why Maine is your perfect adventure playground.

1. Maine is ideal for camping.

Maine is surrounded by oceans, forest, and mountains. There are campsites and campgrounds practically everywhere. And all these places are magnificent. They offer the best of nature. Some good campsites to consider are Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, and the Recompence Shore Campground on Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

2. You can skydive and raft in Maine.

Skydiving and rafting go together in Maine. Haven’t tried it yet? Check out Jump and Raft in Millinocket, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable Maine adventure. It is the only place in the United States where you can jump 11,000 from a plane on day one, then on day two, you raft your way through Class V Penobscot. Aside from an adventurer’s high, you’ll also get to enjoy the scenic views and the beautiful Maine sunset.

3. Maine is a happy place for hikers.

Hiking is a wonderful challenge in Maine. It has trails of all kinds. The Coastal Trail in Lubec, Quoddy Head State Park offers a steep and rocky adventure. But once you get moving, you’ll be rewarded with majestic views of the ocean. And then there’s Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, which can be quite an adventure since you can only reach its summit after more or less 10 hours of hiking and climbing! Other hiking stops are the Main Huts & Trails located in the western mountain region and the Camden Hills State Park.

4. Maine means a lot of water adventures.

Numerous bodies of water surround the state, so you’ll have access to lakes, the ocean, rivers, bays, and ponds. This means you can kayak, raft, and sail all you want!

5. Maine means waterfall adventures.

There are a lot of waterfalls in Maine, so a waterfall adventure should definitely be on your list. Some of those that you should visit include Smalls Falls, Coos Canyon, Angel Falls, Snow Falls Gorge, and Screw Auger Falls.