Often referred to as “Vacationland,” Maine offers attractions for all kinds of tourists, from nature enthusiasts to city aficionados. The epitome of New England, Maine is comprised of eight regions, each of which provides a varied-yet-harmonious view at the Pine Tree State.
Covered mostly by forest, Maine is the outdoor lover’s paradise. Nicknamed “The Crown of Main,” Aroostook County provides unparalleled Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice fishing in the winter months.
Just south of Aroostook is the Maine Highlands, an ideal site for camping. Here, campers have easy access to the rapids of the state’s longest river, the Penobscot, the waters of its largest flat water, Moosehead Lake, and the trails of its tallest peak, Mt. Katahdin.
Traveling south into the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys, nature converges with history in Maine’s capital city, Augusta. While adrenaline junkies entertain themselves with some of the best whitewater rafting and snowmobiling in the country, theater and film fans can explore the area that inspired Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond.
The capital city itself provides much in the way of arts and culture. Home to the Maine State Museum, Augusta also plays host to the oldest wooden fort in the nation, Old Fort Western, constructed in 1754. During the summer, visitors can explore historic sites along the capital city’s streets on the Museum in the Streets tour or journey back in time to Hamlet’s day at the city’s Shakespeare festival.
A picturesque New England shoreline peppered with lighthouses stretches along the state’s southern coast. The oldest and most famous of these lighthouses is the Portland Head Light at Cape Elizabeth. While in Maine's largest city, Portland, visitors can stroll the waterfront, shop in the historic buildings in the Old Port and dine on fresh lobster and oysters.
Bed and breakfasts are common along Maine’s coast and provide a laid-back way to get a taste of New England’s coastal lifestyle. Look for quaint establishments in some of Maine’s most picturesque seaside towns, like Bath along the mid-coast or the historic southern towns of Kittery and York.