Maine, if anything, is the great outdoors. America’s northeasternmost state consists of more than 8,800 kilometers of coastline, inlets, harbors and bays, and is home to an astonishing 50,000 kilometers of rivers and no less than 6,000 lakes.
Top 10 Things To Do in Maine
Portland is Maine’s biggest city. Located on the shore of the North Atlantic, it is a city with a long and rich whaling and shipping history. The Old Port district is an absolute gem, filled with quaint colorful craft shops, cafés and eateries.
2. Sugarloaf Ski Resort
Sugarloaf is the highest ski mountain in the entire state. This is a heaven for winter sports fanatics, who can enjoy themselves on more than 100 downhill trails, as well as on many miles of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails.
3. Baxter State Park
A truly magnificent area of complete wilderness, Baxter State Park encompasses 46 mountain peaks, including Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine and the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail. There are 320 kilometers of great hiking trails that allow you to explore the wild and maybe even spot a moose or a bear.
4. Monhegan Island
A tiny island off the coast, Monhegan Island is smaller than Central Park in New York City. It is home to unpaved roads, an artists’ colony, fishermen and huge colonies of birds. Visiting in summer is a real delight.
5. Campobello Island
Campobello Island used to be the summer retreat of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nowadays, 1,133 hectares are a designated memorial to the president. The island’s main highlight, the Roosevelt Cottage, lies actually in Canada. You need a passport to get there!
Situated on the west bank of the St. Croix River, Calais lies on the U.S. side of the river. This is the busiest border crossing in Maine; the Canadian town on the other side of the river is St. Stephen, New Brunswick. St. Croix Island lies in the middle of the river and was the location of the very first white settlement in North America north of Florida. The surrounding area is a paradise for outdoor lovers.
7. The Kennebunks
A former port and center of shipbuilding, the Kennebunks – made up of the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport – are now a historic area with gorgeous Federal and Greek Revival style houses. There are a couple of fine museums and the seafood is world-class.
8. Moosehead Lake
One of the largest freshwater bodies in the Northeast, Moosehead Lake has more than 500 kilometers of mountain-fringed shoreline and is 64 kilometers long. This is a fantastic place to go fishing, canoeing, hiking or mountain biking.
The capital of Maine, Augusta is a fairly small and quiet city. It is home to a few excellent museums and historic sites, such as the Maine State Museum and the Old Fort Western.
10. Acadia National Park
Saving the best for last: Acadia National Park is one of the United States’ most spectacular national parks. This unspoiled coastal paradise offers fabulous hiking, stunning beaches, wildlife, lighthouses, lakes and great times. Of the , this is the absolute best one.