Maine, the easternmost state in the U.S.A., is busting with adventure despite its quiet reputation. With frothy Atlantic coast lines, silent mountains and historic cities like Portland, Maine is as much a nature enthusiast's playground as it is an essential part of America's cultural fabric. Whether you want sand between your toes or crisp mountain air in your lungs, Maine is the place to go. Despite the beauty of its landscape, one of Maine's biggest attractions is its food. Luscious lobsters, beautiful blueberries and the sweetest maple syrup around are just a few of the state's divine treats.
Some of the activities, destinations and attractions to enjoy in Maine include:
- Skiing: Winter in Maine offers some of the best skiing in the northeast. Sunday River is a large yet quiet mountain featuring powdery slopes and glistening tree-lined runs. After a day on the slopes, head back to your vacation rental or cabin to relax and forget your worries.
- Acadia National Park: The best-known of the National Parks in Maine, Acadia National Park spans the rugged, majestic coastline and offers some of the most scenic and tranquil Maine camping sites you'll find.
- Portland: The state's largest city is home to a wide range of historic sites, quaint architecture, friendly folks and unique eateries. It is an excellent place to seek a summer rental, as Portland's population swells with vacationers during the summer, transforming it into a lively and vivacious coastal city.
- Mackworth Island: If you're seeking romantic getaways in Maine, Mackworth Island is a must-see; this bird sanctuary is especially splendorous in autumn, when the foliage has blossomed and flocks of birds are heading south for the winter.
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Ideal for hiking or just casually exploring, this pristine trail offers visitors a breathtaking look at the rolling, unspoiled wilderness that still dominates most of the state's area.
With world-class skiing, excellent beaches and spectacular New England fall foliage, any time is a good time to visit Maine. Warm-weather visits are ideal if you want to check out some of the state's famous lighthouses and offshore islands.
Consider a vacation rental such as a condo, if you're in the city, or a cabin, if you're in the woods, as an alternative to a regular hotel. These options are more convenient and less crowded than hotels. Cabins put you right in the heart of the state's beautiful natural wonderlands, and summer rentals in the city offer spectacular coastal views.
To explore the region further, you can head north into the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. New Hampshire and its historic sites and resplendent charms lies to the south of the state, and is also an excellent place to take in beautiful natural scenery and famous historic sites at a relaxed pace.