From Sanford, it's roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northeast to Portland and 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southwest to Manchester.
Sanford is not the only place in Portland - South Coast worth experiencing; visitors with plenty of time can also set out to see the special qualities of the nearby scenery, cities and towns. Wells Auto Museum and Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms which are in and around Wells, are interesting places to visit. Wells, is roughly 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Sanford. Another option is to go to Kennebunkport. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Sanford and is home to the Gooch's Beach and Mother's Beach.
Portsmouth is 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Sanford. This regional center includes a diverse range of things to see, including Wentworth by the Sea Golf Club, Jackson House Museum and Wentworth Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses. Governor John Langdon House Museum, George Rodgers House and Portsmouth Brewery are also good places to spend some time.
The Portland - South Coast area boasts a range of gentle pursuits. Set aside some time for cycling or picnicking and leave your worries behind.
If you intend on arriving and departing by air, keep in mind that the closest major airport is Portland International Jetport Airport, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast of Sanford.