Maine is a state in the United States that occupies more than half the New England region. Skirted by the Atlantic Ocean in the South and East, the southern portion of the state is warm and mainly coastal area. Fishing flourishes in these parts and it is quite densely populated. The coastline has many lighthouses and beaches. The northern part of the state is bordered by Canada and is very cold. Some of the best places to visit in Maine are:-
1. Acadia National Park Is New England’s only National Park. The Park has many popular drives through scenic vistas. The park also offers opportunities for hiking, kayaking, biking and rock climbing.
2. Bar Harbour is a busy town in the Mount Desert Island. One can shop here at many galleries and quaint shops. There are a number of good restaurants as well and as it located quite close to Acadia National Park, it can serve as an overnight halting place. One can also visit the Bar Harbour Historical Society, Azalea Gardens and Abbe Museum.
3. Baxter State Park is part of the remote wilderness of the northern part of the state. The expansive wilderness of the park promises ample birdwatching, animals and majestic mountain views to its tourists. Overnight winter and summer camping forms a major attraction here. Swimming, boating, picnics and fishing are other activities that tourists can indulge in while they are visiting Baxter State Park.
4. Camden Hills National Park allows visitors to go on scenic drives and also indulge in a number of aquatic activities. A ferry can take tourists to nearby islands. There are a number of beautiful picnic areas and one can climb Mount Batte in about forty five minutes.
5. Kennebunkport is rather an old town and has many homes which were built in the 18th century. Dock Square is chief area of activity with numerous cafes, art galleries and boutiques. One can peek at George Bush Sr compound and also avail of the numerous bed and breakfast options that the town offers.
6. Ogunquit is a haven for artists and a favourite summer destination. Its beach is three miles long and it has a number of galleries and art museums. Marginal Way, a paved pathway offers beautiful views of the ocean.
7. Old Orchard Beach is a wide sandy beach whose top attraction is The Pier, a five hundred foot walkway that extends into the ocean and is lined with numerous shops selling antiques and souvenirs. There are also restaurants, food stalls and night clubs. The beach side amusement park Palace Playland is a great place for young people as it has fun rides, fireworks and games. The beach hosts music festival and hot air balloon festivals in summer.
8. Portland is the largest city in Maine. Its local breweries are quite famous and one can spend many hours window shopping. Portland also offers a stunning view of the Casco Bay and nearby islands. It has a lot of scope for water based entertainment and sports.
9. Rockland is the lobster capital of the world. Its economy revolves around lobsters. The annual Maine Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blue Festival are main attractions here. Tourists can also explore the nearby islands, or dine at fabulous restaurants that offer some of the best sea-foods, or have a look at Farnsworth Art Museum. Sailing and stand up paddle boating are other popular activities.
10. Sugarloaf Ski Resort has a number of areas for skiers of all levels. A popular ski resort located in the western part of the state, there are a number of sports activities for the summer as well that tourists can enjoy.
Plan well in advance and enjoy these top 10 tourist attractions in Maine while you are there.