Maine Quick Facts
Things to Do in Maine
Uniquely Maine: Quoddy Head State Park, the location of the northeastern most point of the United States
Must See: Acadia National Park
Most Unusual: The Desert of Maine
Highest Point: Katahdin, 5,267 feet
Food to Try: Maine lobster and blueberries
What to Do in Maine:
1 Take a lobster boat tour
2 Drive the carriage roads in Acadia National Park
3 Visit a Maine Lighthouse
4 Explore Maine's largest salt marsh at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
5 Go whale watching
6 Enjoy some skiing at Sugerloaf
Off The Beaten Path | Maine
Maine is filled with drama. Visitors will find amazing cliffs and coastline, beautiful towns with plenty of culture and fun, lighthouses, and much more. The state has many opportunities to enjoy its unique natural features at Acadia National Park and at its many state parks. Here are a few great ideas for all visitors to Maine.
The Marginal Way, Ogunquit
Visitors to Maine should take this scenic coastal walk. This mile and a quarter paved path stretches between Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. The Marginal Way winds along the rocky shores and cliffs of the Maine coastline, this stretch of coastline happens to be a particularly beautiful part of the Maine coast. Visitors will find shopping at either end of the path. The path can be fairly crowded during the summer, however, it is equally beautiful during the fall, winter and spring.
Bar Harbor is located on the east side of Mount Desert Island, and it is the largest community on Mount Desert Island. Visitors will also find that Bar Harbor is surrounded by Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor has granite cliffs, amazing fall foliage and great opportunities for whale watching. The community has museums, music festivals, family activities including a zoo, an oceanarium and even a lumberjack show. Visitors will find amazing mansions converted into inns. The Abbe Museum is a great location to learn about the Native AMericans from the region.
Desert of Maine
The Desert of Maine is located near Freeport. It was created by the path of a glacier as it passed through the area 11,000 years ago. The Desert is forty acres of exposed glacial silt. Once the Desert was the farm land of the Tuttle family. The Desert was discovered in 1797, after years of land clearing and soil erosion. Eventually, the exposed Desert took over the entire farm. Visitors to the Desert of Maine will now find a gift shop, museums and tours.
Located in Portland, Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House is a must see historical destination. Victoria Mansion is a stunning example of pre-Civil War era American architecture. Ruggles Sylvester Morse had the house built sometime between 1858 and 1860. The Mansion was designed by Henry Austin, and the interiors were designed by Gustave Herter. Visitors to Victoria Mansion will discover that this Italian style villa is a truly amazing example of American architecture and design. As visitors tour the mansion they can admire the amazing interiors which remain in excellent condition.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Located on the stunning coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has the special distinction of being the first National Park east of the Mississippi. Within this park you will find enough activities and sights to fill your entire vacation. For those that love car trips, the 27 miles of Park Loop Road offer plenty of views and sights. You can hike on Cadillac Mountain, which is the tallest mountain on the eastern coast of the country. The park also offers great access to its fascinating history at the Islesford Historical Museum on Cranberry Island.
The state of Maine is also known as the "Lighthouse State," there are 65 lighthouses still standing along the coast of Maine. Maine has more coastal lighthouses than any other state in the United States. Visitors to Maine should be sure to visit one of Maine's lighthouses. There are about ten lighthouses that have museums, and twenty of the lighthouses have grounds that are open for visitation. Some of the parks are located in local and state parks. Visitors to the state could stop in and visit the Burnt Island Light, near Boothbay Harbor, which has a great tour. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is rented to visitors on a weekly basis. Visitors can also take boat tours that provide stunning vistas of many of the most beautiful lighthouses.
Lobster Boat Tour
Lovers of lobster should be sure to take a Lobster Boat tour to learn about the industry that brings Lobster to plates across the nation. Tours of lobster boats include the opportunity to learn about lobster, as well as viewing lobster pots and maybe even the chance to haul in a lobster trap. Another bonus of a lobster boat tour is the chance to see the coast of Maine from the ocean. After a long day on a lobster boat, visitors can treat themselves to a fresh lobster dinner.
Maine | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Maine is a state filled with fun destinations for visitors. For those travelers looking for something a little different, possibly a little wacky, here are a few very interesting destinations that Maine has to offer. All of these destinations are fun and have something excellent to offer visitors.
The World's Largest Revolving and Rotating Globe, Yarmouth
Visitors to Yarmouth have the opportunity to see the World's Largest Revolving and Rotating Globe, also known as Eartha. The globe is 41 feet in diameter. Visitors can see this replica of what earth looks like from space. Eartha also replicates the movement of the earth in its glass atrium.
Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor
Bangor claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan. To mark this important distinction Bangor has a statue of Paul Bunyan that stands over 30 feet. Visitors to Bangor can learn about the connection to the character while viewing the gigantic statue.
The Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
This Bar Harbor attraction is a great place to learn about the ecology and environment of this region of Maine. Visitors can stop at the Maine Lobster Museum, take a Marsh Tour or explore the Lobster Hatchery. Maine's visitors have a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the local ecology at this family friendly destination.
Old Fort Western, Augusta
Old Fort Western is a National Historic Landmark. Fort Western was built in 1754, and at the time was a fort, store and house. Now Old Fort Western is the oldest surviving wooden fort. Visitors to the for can learn all about the history and cultures of the region during the late 1700's.
Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec
Visitors to Quoddy Head State Park will be visiting the most eastern part of the United States. In addition to the distinction of being the easternmost point of the United States the park also has hiking trails, forests, amazing views, bogs and the West Quoddy Head Light lighthouse tower.