and have it all. Book a cozy vacation rental along one of Maine's picturesque shores and prepare for a perfectly wonderful adventure!
Acadia National Park & Bar HarborThe fact that it overlooks Bar Harbor would make it beautiful enough, but Acadia National Park is itself over 40,000 acres of breathtaking natural landscape. From its sandy shoreline, dense forests, and pink granite Cadillac Mountain , Acadia National Park is an immense outdoor playground for nature lovers. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the park, look out for moose, foxes, and black bears, camp near the shore, or take part in the Acadia Night Sky Festival , held annually in September.
Home to a bevy of the fabulous things to do in Maine, Portland is the largest city in the state -- a beautiful metropolis overlooking the sparkling Portland Harbor. Named the "Best Adventure Town" by Outdoor Magazine and a best place to retire by US News, Portland clearly has something for everyone!
- The cityscape and lovely historic districts share space with Maine's natural beauty, so enjoy exploring it on foot. You won't miss any of Portland's fabulous boutiques and shopping this way either. Pick up locally crafted jewelry or bath products from Lalo .
- Portland has a bustling and internationally renowned restaurant scene, and was singled out by the New York Times as a food destination. Sample local classics like Maine's famous lobster at the Portland Lobster Company .
- Explore the galleries and museums of Portland's Arts District , home to the Portland Museum of Art , which houses more than 17,000 items of decorative and fine art, including works by Mary Cassatt, Edvard Munch, and Auguste Rodin.
- Also in the Arts District is the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, with over 15,000 square feet and three floors of exciting interactive exhibits for kids young and old.
Snuggled between a harbor and the mountains, Camden is a sight-to-see indeed. A popular vacation spot among the wealthy, it's now more accessible than ever thanks to the many affordable vacation rentals in the area. Enjoy nature at the Camden Harbor Park , or take part in the city's many annual festivals - from the U.S. National Toboggan Champianships to the Salzedo Harp Festival .
Once a fishing village, Ogunquit is now one of the premier beach towns f, featuring the awe-inspiring Marginal Way , a 1.5-mile ocean-view path along the cliffs. Sophisticated restaurants, shops, and attractions (such as the the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art ) make a trip here well-rounded. Ogunquit is a favorite destination among gays and lesbians, as well as artists.
Transport yourself back to 1950s Maine in Deer Isle, the quintessential quaint New England town. Lobstering is a big industry here, so seafood restaurants are an attraction all to themselves! Meanwhile, there are plenty of lake activities and unique small-town shops to keep you busy.
Home to Sugarloaf Mountain , this town is busy with adventure seekers year-round. Fish, hike, and swim in the summer, and hit the slopes with your skis in the winter. Cross-country skiing is the main draw here.
BangorHome to Stephen King, Bangor is characterized by its stunning historic 19th century buildings and view of the Penobscot River . A list of Maine things to do would be incomplete if it lacked a visit to beautiful Bangor.
- Bangor's historic neighborhoods and gorgeous historic buildings are best enjoyed on foot. It's also a great way to enjoy the statuary and public art that dots downtown Bangor.
- The Bangor State Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country, so if you're in town the last Friday of July, plan on having a fabulous day at the fair with exhibits, animals, carnival rides and games, live performances, and of course, delicious food!
- After a day spent exploring Bangor's shopping and enjoying local restaurants, you could always swing by Stephen King's house with its spooky wrought iron gate for a nighttime chill before heading back to your rental cottage!
LighthousesKnown as "the Lighthouse State," Maine is famous for the lighthouses that have dotted its shores and guided ships since the late 1700s. Of all the things to do in Maine, no trip would be complete without a visit to one of its famous beacons! You may recognize The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in New Harbor from its appearance on the state quarter; it's one of only a handful of lighthouses where you can actually climb the inside tower. You can also rent the nearby keeper's house for a truly authentic experience.
There are countless things to do in Maine, waiting for you in its peaceful forests, glittering shorelines, and unique shops. What will you discover with Maine vacations?
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