Famed for its fall foliage, Maine is a magnificent place to visit with its long and indented coastline home to cozy towns and charming fishing villages. One of the most sparsely populated states in the country, its vast tracts of untouched wilderness just beg to be explored with stupendous landscapes, scenery and nature on show.
The northeastern-most state in the nation, Maine is located in New England and is bordered by New Hampshire to the west and Canada to the north. While its forest-coated interior is home to sparkling lakes and prominent peaks, its rugged and rocky Atlantic Ocean coast is lined by secluded beaches, coves and cliffs with thousands of islands lying offshore.
Due to its breathtaking beauty, most people visit Maine for its outstanding outdoor activities. While Acadia National Park’s mountains, woods, lakes and wetlands are a treat to hike and kayak around, the Rangeley Lakes and the Maine Island Trail are perfect for swimming, surfing and sailing. Other popular and picturesque spots are Baxter State Park, which is home to Mount Katahdin – the state’s highest peak – and the superb ski resorts of Black Mountain, Eaton Mountain and Sugarloaf.
Besides exploring the great outdoors and enjoying the fantastic fall colors, the Pine Tree State also has some lovely little towns and coastal cities to check out. Bar Harbor is particularly popular due to its scenic setting and proximity to Acadia National Park, as is vibrant Portland for its Old Port District and local breweries.
The cute towns of Kennebunkport and Camden are also well worth a visit for their historic houses, art galleries and seafood restaurants. In addition, memorable whale watching tours and sightseeing cruises can be enjoyed up and down the entire coast that is punctuated here and there by lonely lighthouses.