Travel Guide
Bradbury Mountain State Park featuring a small town or village, fall colors and landscape views
Revel in the charming towns and spectacular scenery of New England at its most picturesque in this state that offers adventure amid stunning natural beauty.

icture New England, with all of its glorious foliage and old-world towns, and you are likely to be imagining Maine. The “Pine Tree State” is one of the most beautiful in the northeast region, especially on its cliff-lined coast. Spend time in charming cities and venture into forests and mountains that promise both exhilarating activities and breathtaking views.

Visit historic sites across Maine such as St Croix Island, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, to learn about the state’s colonial history. The region used to be part of Massachusetts but it became its own state in 1820 to add more anti-slavery votes during the Civil War.

Relax in atmospheric Portland, a small city with masses of charm. Explore the waterfront and sample local produce in craft breweries and stylish restaurants. Stop by historic sites such as the Portland Head Light, which was commissioned by George Washington in 1791, and the Victoria Mansion, an elegant house built in the 1850s.

Maine’s other towns are equally appealing. The capital city of Augusta features the Maine State Museum and the State House, recognizable for its 180-foot (55-meter) dome. Travel to Freeport for 18th-century taverns and historical walking tours or visit Rockland for chic art museums and restaurants serving the state’s specialty, lobster.

Put on your hiking boots or grab a paddle and explore Maine’s vast wildernesses. Acadia National Park is regularly recognized as one of the most beautiful parks in the nation. Join whale-watching excursions or race down forested slopes on mountain bikes.

Head inland to the Maine Highlands to discover places such as Baxter State Park, where you can gaze in awe at Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in the state. Bring your binoculars to spot wildlife at Moosehead Lake.

Portland International Airport is the most common point of entry to Maine and is served by six major airlines. Revisit Maine in every season to discover the state in different colors. Winter brings snow sports, summer offers days by the beach, while fall brings New England’s legendary foliage.

Where to stay in Maine

State Street Church

Downtown Portland

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Downtown Portland is known for its captivating waterfront views, and with sights like Cross Insurance Arena and Wadsworth-Longfellow House, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Portland.

Downtown Portland
Old Port featuring a bay or harbor

Old Port

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Cobblestone streets, 19th-century brick buildings, and fishing piers define this district, offering boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Explore Post Office Park, Tommy's Park with its large mural, and stroll the Eastern Promenade Trail to East End Beach.

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Goose Rocks Beach

Goose Rocks Beach might not have many top sights, but Goose Rocks Beach and Fortunes Rock Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Goose Rocks Beach
Down on beach all alone. Wonderful!

Pine Point