The little state of Maine draws thousands of travelers each year. If you’re among those who are making the trek to this popular travel destination, you may feel overwhelmed by the plethora of things to see and do. If your time is limited, here are a few things you simply must see during your time in Maine.
1. Acadia National Park
No trip to Maine is complete without a visit to Acadia National Park. This national treasure is beautiful year-round, but it’s breathtaking in the fall. In fact, it’s one of the most-visited national parks in the country, drawing 3.5 million people a year. It has something for everyone, too. Beaches, mountains, and forests all await exploration at this popular destination. If you are short on time, take the Park Loop Road to see most of the park. If you’re visiting in the late summer or early fall, head to Cherryfield’s Wild Blueberry Picking for a fun experience.
See the waters of the Atlantic crash up on rugged rocks with a visit to the Kennebunks. This coastal area not only has stunning views, but also a lovely collection of boutiques and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
The state’s capital is rich in history. Here you can explore the Maine State Museum or go back in time at Old Fort Western. Don’t forget to tour the state capitol building or visit University of Maine while you’re there.
The iconic lighthouse, also known as the Portland Observatory, is the first thing you’ll want to see when you visit Maine’s largest city, but it is just one of many things to do here. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum delights guests with its pint-sized model trains, and the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine is a great place to spend some time playing with your little ones. This location is also near the Harbor, so it’s full of fresh seafood that will delight even the pickiest “foodie” in your group. While in Portland, take time to tour the Victoria Mansion, a 19th-century period home.
Finally, make a stop in Bangor part of your travels. This is particularly popular with those who follow the supernatural, and there are plenty of ghost tours to take advantage of. After all, Stephen King made Bangor his home, and his home is available to see while you’re there. You can even take a walk on Central Street, the bloodiest street in Maine’s history, where Al Brady once ruled in terror. For something a little more family-friendly, the Maine Discovery Museum is ready to explore.
Maine has something to offer everyone. If you’re making a visit, pick one or two of these places, and dig in for a day or two of exploration.