Basking on sandy beaches, gallery-hopping in charming seaside villages and digging into fluffy lobster rolls are just some of the signature experiences on offer in Maine. The Pine Tree State is a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement and tempts travellers with its bounty of local produce.
Things to do in Maine
There are plenty of opportunities to eat local in Maine, with highlights including crab cakes, chowder, New England clams and of course, lobster rolls. For dessert, indulge in a generous slice of blueberry pie or a classic “whoopie pie” filled with sweet creamy frosting.
Maine is fringed by hundreds of kilometres of Atlantic coastline boasting sandy beaches, postcard-perfect bays and rugged sea cliffs. The coast is peppered with lively towns such as Castine, an artsy enclave filled with shops, cafes and galleries. Kennebunkport charms visitors with a picturesque harbour lined with historic homes that once housed New England sea captains.
Acadia National Park protects a pristine stretch of the Atlantic coast and a constellation of islands. Visitors flock to hike, rock climb and sea kayak in the iconic New England park. The trail up the glacier-carved Cadillac Mountain rewards hikers with panoramic views over the park and the Atlantic coast.
Over the past century, Portland has transformed from a lively maritime town to one of the hippest cities in North America. Wander along the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Port district to see red-brick warehouses reimagined as cafes, restaurants and craft breweries. Cultural institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art showcase the city’s creative side.
From pie-eating competitions and lobster festivals to lumberjack shows and foot-stomping bluegrass concerts, Maine knows how to have a good time. As you travel around the state, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy local entertainment.
Getting around Maine
Cities such as Augusta and Portland are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while local buses are also a fast and efficient way to get around. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Maine and New England at your own pace. The state is serviced by three major airports, Portland International Jetport, Bangor International and Houlton International.