Located in the easternmost part of New England is bordered by Canada to the north and the Atlantic Ocean on both the east and south. Maine accounts for almost half of New England’s entire land area. Its northern reaches, known as The Great North Woods, are largely pristine wilderness while the coastal regions, supported over the years by fishing and tourism, are more heavily populated, particularly in the southern, warmer part of the state.
While the state is most frequently known for its rugged coastline and proliferation of lighthouses, Maine also has much more to offer. Here, visitors will discover national parks with boundless wildlife, charming historic towns, and ski resorts. An overview of the best places to visit in Maine.
Baxter State Park
Situated in the remote forests of northern Maine, Baxter State Park is an expansive wilderness area boasting a diverse population of wildlife and majestic mountain views. Among the most common wildlife making their home in Baxter State Park are black bear, moose, and white-tailed deer. Several active beaver colonies also exist in the park. Birdwatchers often visit the park for the opportunity to catch sight of such species as eagles, hawks, owls, thrushes, warblers, and flycatchers. The park also features several hiking trails and excellent overlooks. Overnight summer and winter camping is allowed in the park with reservations. Fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking are also popular activities in the park.
Sugarloaf Ski Resort
Located in western Maine is the popular Sugarloaf Ski Resort. The largest ski resort located east of the Mississippi, Sugarloaf Ski Resort features a number of areas to appeal to skiers of all levels. The Timberline Quad is located at Sugarloaf’s summit and boasts easy runs. For advanced runs, skiers head over to SuperQuad, which is the most popular lift on Sugarloaf Mountain. The resort is home to six restaurants and boasts a number of summer activities, including golf, mountain biking, hiking, ziplining, and tennis.
Known as the Lobster Capital of the World, Rockland has developed an entire economy based on lobster catching. Each year, thousands of visitors make their way to Rockland to enjoy the annual Maine Lobster Festival as well as the North Atlantic Blue Festival. Along Main Street, visitors can sample excellent restaurants as well as shops, and the well-known Farnsworth Art Museums. Windjammer cruises are also popular among visitors who wish to explore the nearby islands. While sailing and stand up paddle boarding are also popular activities, many visitors prefer taking a stroll along the breakwater out to the lighthouse.
Ogunquit in southern Maine may have started out as a small fishing village, but today this artists’ haven is a popular summer destination. Best known for its 3-mile sandy beach, Ogunquit offers plenty of charm along with galleries, and art museums. Visitors will find a lovely selection of bed and breakfast inns. While the town is easily walkable, there is also a trolley that makes it easy to get around town. Marginal Way, a paved pathway located above the Atlantic Ocean, offers fabulous views as well as the opportunity to stop for a snack or a cold drink while meandering between Perkins Cove and Shore Road.