Great Places to go in Maine
The easternmost state in the U.S. is home to scenic landscapes and natural wonders, including a rocky coastline, large lakes, forests, mountains, and marshlands. Maine is known for its lobster industry and quaint New England charm. There is plenty to do in Maine, but here are 5 of top places to visit.
Acadia National Park
New England’s only national park occupies an area of approximately 35,000 acres on Isle Au Haut, Mount Desert Island, and the Schoodic Peninsula. It depicts every single scenic landscape available in Maine, in one place (you can camp one night and hit the beach the next morning) as well as a wealth of wildlife, ranging from mollusks and moose to falcons and herons to whales and seals. Acadia is a great place to go for a hike through any of the over a hundred miles of trails or bike the surrounding area.
Maine’s largest city is home to 230 restaurants and is arguably one of the best dining destinations in New England. The most popular neighborhoods to visit are the Arts District and historic Old Portland. Top attractions in Portland include Portland Museum of Art, the Portland Observatory, the last wooden signal tower in North America built in 1807, Portland Head Light, the United States’ first lighthouse built in 1791, and Victoria Mansion, a preserved 19th century house that shows what life was like for the elite of Maine in that time period.
A shipping port and summer resort town, the harbor is great for whale watching, kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking, and lobster tours. A stroll downtown will take you past many galleries and antique shops. Check out the Maine State Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
The area was settled in the 1600s as a shipbuilding port. Today, it is a great place to go for whale watching, fish markets, and shopping. The top attractions and destinations include Dock Square, the Seashore Trolley Museum, Walker’s Point, Goose Rocks Beach, and Goat Island Lighthouse.
Old Fort Western Museum
Located in Augusta, Maine along the Kennebec River, the museum is a restored wooden fort first built in 1754. It is the oldest of its kind in New England and a National Historic Landmark. The museum offers insight into what life was like during the 18th century and a history of the period and the fort.
(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated)