There is no denying that Maine is a beauty. It is easily one of the most picturesque states in the New England area. Many only think of Maine for its Lighthouses and Acadia National Park, yet it has so much more to offer. While our list of top things to see in Maine does include Portland and Acadia National Park, it is also filled with off the beaten path destinations.
Here are the Top Things To See In Maine
Let’s just get this one out of the way. Over 4 million people visit Portland every year which is a hefty size when considering its population is just under 70,000. So you know this city is worth a visit. The city which lies on the coast has got everything you’d want from a major city. A bustling food scene, a leader in the microbrewery scene and its’ picturesque its a no brainier. You can read more about what to do in Portland Here.
2. Kennebunk & Kennebunkport
Described as the Hampton’s of the Pine Tree State these two neighboring towns provide a seaside escape. Offering the quintessential New England small town feel the were put on the map but the Bush family who often vacation there. Other than it’s charm towns and main streets it has great swimming, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Once you worked up an appetite don’t forget to head to The Clam Shack winner of Tasting Table’s ” Lobster Roll Rumble.
3. Cape Elizabeth
This small peninsula has rocky ocean views and is home to the famous Portland Head Light. Stay at the Inn by the Sea, which is situated along Crescent Beach, for an experience all on its’ own. Two Lights State Park offers views of the Portland Head Light and Casco Bay. After skipping along the rocks and taking in the views walk on over the Two Lights Lobster Shack for some epic lobster rolls and delicious seafood made to order.
5. Grafton Notch State Park
Lying along some of Main’s most spectacular mountains the Mahoosuc Range these lands offer great hiking trails. Experienced hikers may want to check it out as it includes the 12 most challenging miles along the Appalachian Trail. For those of us who are more used to brunching than hiking, it offers easier trails to waterfalls and gorges. Driving along route 26 you can pass Screw Auger Falls, Mother Walker Falls, Moose Cave and more. All easy pet, family, and lazy girl friendly. The trail to Table Rock is worth looking into as well as the trail to Gulf Hagas or the “Grand Canyon of Maine.”
6. Acadia National Park
The only National Park located in Maine, this impressive land covers Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula. Mount Desert Island home to Bar Harbor contains the largest portions of the National Park and is worth a visit. Carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago the view is awe inspiring.
7. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park
Commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1827 this Maine lighthouse is the first to be featured on a US currency. Located in Bristol this lighthouse offers stunning views of the rocky cliffs. For the $2 entrance fee, you can visit the grounds, museum and climb up the tower to get views from inside the lighthouse.
8. Quoddy Head State Park
If you want to visit America’s easternmost peninsula head to Quoddy Head State Park. This is one of the best places to watch wildlife and in the summer months, you may be able to spot several types of whales. The park also offers scenic trails and a candy-striped lighthouse.
11. Height of Land
There is no official sign for the height of land or address for your GPS, yet you’ll know it when you see it. Driving along Maine State Route 17 you will encounter views of the Maine Mountains at the New Hampshire border. At the top of Spruce Mountain in Rangeley, the land opens up to views of Toothaker Island and Mooselookmeguntic Lake.
12. Portland Head Light
Last but not least one of the most iconic views of Maine is Portland’s Head Light. Commissioned by George Washington it is the state’s oldest lighthouse. Located in Cape Elizabeth this over the quintessential Maine lighthouse view you’ve seen. Head for Sunrise or sunset to have your heartbroken by its beauty.
Hi, I’m Jay. A twenty-something-year-old living in New York. There’s not all that much to say about me other than; I love to eat, drink and travel. I’ve lived in some incredible cities from Paris to New York to Florence, and along the way, I’ve crossed off a ton on my bucket list. I hope we inspire you to go out there and see for yourself, just how beautiful life can be.