Located on the Atlantic Coast of the New England area of the United States, Maine attracts visitors from around the world to the many vacation rental homes, beach cottages and resorts on the Atlanic Ocean. Maine is also a destination that offers many isolated, pristine destinations in the woods and mountains of the Upcountry for winter and summer activities. The Atlantic Coast beaches are perfect for swimming, water skiing, or catching up on your tan. Away from the coast, you can still enjoy yourself while skiing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, or biking.
South Coast & Portland
The South Coast of Maine is a popular summer beach destination, with a wide variety of vacation homes and Bed & Breakfast inns. Often called the San Francisco of the east, Portland is Maine’s largest city and offers cultural and ethnic diversity and a thriving arts community. You can attend the Portland Symphony Orchestra, visit the Museum of Art, or shop at the historic Old Portland Exchange. The Kennebunk area is famous as the home of former President George Bush, and has two interesting museums: the Seashore Trolley Museum has the world’s largest collection of trolleys, and The Brick Store, founded in 1936 as a local history museum which now occupies the brick store and three adjacent restored 19th-century buildings, showcasing extensive collections of artifacts, textiles, and archives.
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Known for its beaches and many small towns, the Midcoast of Maine is also home to a year round recreation area, the Camden Snow Bowl, offering skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, mountain biking, tennis courts, ball fields, fishing, boating and swimming. From the summit of 1300′ Ragged Mountain, skiers and riders have an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most beautiful lighthouses in Maine, Owl’s Head Light is a must for the lighthouse fan. The grounds at Owl’s Head Light State Park are open daily. Also in the Midcoast Region, the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse has been operational since October 30, 1902, and it is still an active aid to navigation.
Downeast & Acadia National Park
Downeast Maine is famous for Acadia National Park, which is one of the smallest National Parks, but is the 5th most visited in the nation. Acadia was the first National Park created east of the Mississippi River. Visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. The largest city in the Downeast area is Bangor, where mumerous rental homes and hotels are located throughout the city, including an Inn in historic downtown. Eastport is the easternmost city in the United States. The historic waterfront thrives as a bustling port, which serves fishing, international shipping, and pleasure boating. A historic district, private galleries, and an arts center are all things to explore in Eastport.
Western Mountains & the Kennebec River Valley
Known best for its crystal clear lakes and rugged mountain ranges, the region offers many outdoor activities including water sports, fishing, hiking, biking and skiing. Maine’s second largest lake, Sebago Lake is a popular summer destination, with numerous cottages and rental homes. It covers 46 square miles and is famous for trout fishing and landlocked salmon. Surrounded by rolling hills and situated along the Sandy River, Farmington acts as the commercial hub for many of the four-season resort areas that are accessible from here, including the Rangeley Lakes and Carrabassett Valley, home of the Sugarloaf/USA ski resort. There is a trail system for snowmobiles, as well as ski slopes for downhill skiers. Situated along the banks of the Kennebec River, Augusta is the communication and transportation hub for the State of Maine, as well as the state capital. Historical tours of the Governor’s Mansion, the Capital building, the Maine State Library, the State Museum, and the Archives building are available.
Moosehead Lake & Aroostook County
The Moosehead Lake region has a huge wildlife population including moose and the largest lake in Maine, with lots of natural beauty, serene tranquility and white water rafting. The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is at Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, which offers spectacular views, numerous hiking trails and adventure travel opportunities. Aroostook County, or “The County” as it’s called, is larger in area than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. In winter, deep snow blankets the hills and fields of Aroostook, providing excellent snowmobiling, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Snowmobilers come from far and wide for the International Snowmobile Festival, held annually in Madawaska. Dog-sledders come in March for the Can-Am Sled Dog Races in Fort Kent, a qualifier for the grueling Iditarod. Nordic skiers come to ski the world-class trails of the Maine Winter Sports Center. After the snow melts, the 100-mile-long Allagash Wilderness Waterway and the free-flowing St. John River attract canoe and kayak tours.