10 Must See Places in Maine, USA.
Explore the captivating views and numerous experiences in the Vacation State.
Maine is an under-appreciated state, often only thought of during lobster season. But, nicknamed the Vacation State, Maine has a lot more to offer than decadent seafood. With 90 percent of the state covered in wood or large bodies of water, it makes for an ideal place to camp, hike or relax on the beach.
Bar Harbor – One of the most well-known cities in the state, Bar Harbor is the ideal coastal town with quaint seaside shops and gorgeous views of the water. While shopping and hiking are both activities readily available in the city, take a trip to the famed marina and sign up for a tour of Maine’s wildlife. The nature cruise takes visitors around the bay with the possibility of sighting whales, puffins, lobsters and seals. It should be noted that you won’t find a chain store in this town, as only local businesses are supported. Basically, no Starbucks, sorry
Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor’s stunningly beautiful neighbor, Acadia National Park, is the oldest national park on the east of the Mississippi River. Especially beautiful in the fall, Acadia National Park is nearly 100 years old, and is home to more than 47,000 acres of Maine’s natural fauna. Cadillac Mountain is the park’s most prominent structure as it is the first place to see the sunrise on the East Coast. Take time to explore the beauty of this national park.
Freeport – Freeport is also known as the Best Shopping Town in New England. Although Freeport is home to a number of outlet stores, including Maine’s own L.L.Bean, there are a number of outdoor recreational activities for people to enjoy. If you’re feeling adventurous, camp at the Winslow Memorial Park Campground so you can spend all day shopping your heart out.
Casco Bay – An inlet on the Gulf of Maine, Casco Bay is a beautiful place to capture views of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to making a great spot for picnics and sightseeing, Casco Bay is home to abandoned military fortifications, many stretching back to the War of 1812. Whether you’re searching these historic remains or sailing the ocean, Casco Bay is a great day trip for anyone.
Cape Elizabeth – Named by King Charles I of England after John Smith mapped the town, Cape Elizabeth has a long and interesting history. Take a day trip to Cape Elizabeth to see the historic town in it’s modern day form. Check out the Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Fun fact: George Washington gave the order for this lighthouse to be made (during this time, Maine was still a part of Massachusetts).
Kennebunkport – Considered to be one of Maine’s best coastal cities, Kennebunkport is the ideal vacation town. From adorable colonial style mansions to cliffs facing the blue ocean, this town has it all. Many of the inns in Kennebunkport have the quaint charm desired by many vacationers. Visit Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock for a unique experience with nature. And, if it is appealing to you, President George H.W. Bush is known to have a summer home in the town.
Baxter State Park – Also known by many as the end of the Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park is the highlight of the small, remote town Millinocket. It’s notable behemoth is Mount Katahdin, a 5,267 foot cluster of mountains that is easily climbed by even the most inexperienced hiker. The several bodies of water and natural waterfalls make for a great place to swim during a humid Maine summer day.
South Twin Lake – West of Baxter State Park is the relatively unknown South Twin Lake. Surrounded by a lush forest filled with wildlife, South Twin Lake is a great spot to bring your boat (or rent one from the marina) and eat on the calm water. North Twin Lake (connected to South Twin) is more famous than it’s sibling because Henry David Thoreau wrote about his adventures there in his novel. South Twin Lake, however, is a great spot to relax and get away from everything. Try renting a room in the newly renovated log cabin, or walk the train tracks.
Old Port, Portland – While many people live and visit Portland, Maine’s most well known city, Old Port is a hidden gem few tend to visit. This district is known for its cobblestone streets, ancient brick buildings and fishing piers. It is a great place to find local shops, bar and restaurants. It is a wonderful spot to shop for unique gifts and grab a bite of local seafood.
Pemaquid Point Light – This lighthouse was chosen by Maine residents to represent their state in the 50 State Quarters Program. The exposed bedrock and antique look make the lighthouse the most photographed spot on the Maine coast. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day lounging on the rocks while enjoying stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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