Maine is the state known for its gorgeous nature areas, spectacular coastlines peppered with lighthouses and maritime history. The 23rd state of the union also played a role in United States history dating back to the American Revolution. Maine is a popular summer destination for New Englanders and people from all over the United States. The top destinations to visit in Maine this summer are waiting for your visit.
Top Destinations to Visit in Maine
See the Cultural Hub of Portland
Maine’s largest city has many things to see and do. For some history lessons, you can visit the Maine Historical Society or take a tour and see the numerous landmarks around the city. There are many outdoor adventures in Portland such as Spring Meadows Golf Course, Funtown Splashtown USA, Fore Points Marina and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Portland also has much to offer with delicious New England cuisine. Don’t visit Portland without indulging with one of Maine’s famous lobsters.
Take a Trolley or Boat Tour from Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor is located on Desert Island and is a wonderful coastal community. When you take a stroll around Bar Harbor, you will be overwhelmed by its stunning coastline, water views and storybook charm. The water activities and boat tours available at Bar Harbor are numerous. They include paddle boarding, canoeing, whale watching expeditions, lobster fishing, Windjammer Cruises and ferry services, plus much more. On land visitors can do a bike tour, or see the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Visitors can experience Bar Harbor Ghost Tours, play golf, ride Oli’s Trolley, or take a guided tour of the town.
See Nature and Wildlife at Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is 47, 000 acres of stunning landscape that is full of rocky beaches, woodlands and an abundance of wildlife. You may even spot Harbor seals sunning themselves on the bedrock in a perfect position for a photo opportunity. At the park you can hike the 150 miles of trails and see the granite peak of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the east coast of the United States. The park has many outdoor activities available to its guests including fishing, biking, birdwatching, boating, horseback riding, plus much more. Campsites are also available for guests in the park.
See the Quaint Little Town of Camden
The town of Camden on the mis coast has something for everyone year round. You can get an awesome view of the Penobscot Bay atop Mount Battle at Camden Hills State Park. There are many niche boat tours that depart from Camden Harbor daily. Barret’s Cove is a quiet beach destination that is a respite from the busyness of downtown Camden in the summer tourist season. This little town is known for its gourmet food and renowned Maine chefs. There are a great deal of restaurants along the waterfront area and downtown, primarily serving local seafood and other scrumptious meals.
Watch the Sun Set at Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport is one of the prettiest towns in Maine. The coastal town has many beautiful beaches including Goose Rocks Beach and Colony Beach. You can take a journey on a wonderful Maine Schooner, or a fishing or lobstering excursion on one of the boat tours available in town. The Brick Store Museum and the Nott House contain a number of historical artifacts. Another historical highlight in Kennebunkport is the famous Seashore Trolley Museum. Visit Dock Square and spend some time at the open air cafes and browse the shops.
Beach it at Ogunquit
Ogunquit, located on the southern Maine coast, is the quintessential beach vacation destination. The local Chamber of Commerce hosts many events that take place year round in town. There are also several live entertainment and performing arts venues operating here for guest’s nighttime entertainment. Take a walk along Marginal Way and breath in the salt air and see the crashing surf. Due to its many gay friendly bars, Ogunquit has become a popular vacation destination for the LGBTQ community. The Main Beach at Ogunquit with its shallow river is the best place for children to swim, while Ogunquit Beach is the best location for all water sports.
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