Maine Destination Guide
Home to one of the most picturesque shorelines in the entire country, Maine is one of New England's finest. Travelers praise this northern state as the home of some of the freshest seafood around, to the most scenic fall foliage and to quaint historic towns. In one state, you can explore old city centers and stroll through art galleries and museums, or you can spend all your time enjoying the great outdoors and the fresh air. It doesn't matter why you're traveling: Maine has got it all. Did we mention the weather is splendid? Maine experiences the best of all four seasons, and who's to say that you need warm weather to enjoy a destination?
Spanning one mile, Jasper Beach is known for its vibrant red jasper stones that line its shoreline. Although this beach is primarily gravel, its a true sight to see for any traveler. When the tide begins to flow over the red rocks, the crackling noise and unlikely color mix for quite the eerie experience, especially during the night time. This natural beach is made with fine-grained volcanic rhyolite.
Popham Beach State Park:
Considered to be one of the most visually stunning beaches in Maine, Popham Beach State Park is a 6-mile long, sandy coastline. You'll be able to see offshore islands and the Kennebec and Morse rivers in the distance, as this location is a true geological wonder. This spacious beach park also features picnic areas, hiking trails, spots for wildlife viewing and more. Although lifeguards are on-hand here, take note that the tides are very strong, so swimmers should only venture out as far as they can touch and should look out for rip tides.
Three cities in Maine are recognized as Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Bath, Portland and Rockland. These charming, diverse and artistic communities are a must-see for any traveler going to Maine. Portland, located on Casco Bay, is Maine's largest city with architecture dating back to the 1800s. The original Federal-style structures, narrow tree-lined streets and welcoming storefronts are a sight to see. Make sure to visit the symphony orchestra, street cafes, museums and local sports teams while here.
If you want to visit a town with a slightly smaller sprawl, head to Bath where you can go kayaking, explore the Maine Maritime Museum or stroll along the riverside farmers market. Don't miss historic Front Street, named one of the "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association.
Things to Do
Sailing and Boating:
With 5,500 miles of coastline, 2,000 coastal islands and 2,500 lakes and ponds, it's no wonder people here love being on the water. Picturesque views and serene landscapes can be seen aboard vessels throughout the open waters of Maine. The coastal region of Maine is considered to be one of the world's finest. If you're an avid angler, fishing is in its prime here.
If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of stable ground, take a swing at one of the 140 courses across the state. The majority of courses here are 9-hole or driving ranges, which are perfect for an afternoon on the fairways. Check out Kebo Valley Golf Club, Salmon Falls Resort, Bath Country Club or Brunswick Golf Club to work on your swing.
Top Restaurants and Shopping
If you love a fresh catch, then you've come to the right place. Maine is home to an abundance of seafood-centric restaurants and diners where you can get your fill of fresh fish and seafood. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in Maine, Primo specializes in Mediterranean and Italian fare with a local twist and farm-fresh ingredients. This spot fills up quickly, so don't forget to make reservations.
If you enjoy retail therapy, you've come to the right place! From flea markets to downtown boutiques to outlet malls, you have your pick of stores to spend a few bucks. Downtown centers of Maine towns are filled with quaint shops and boutiques to meander through. Art galleries, backyard barns, old mills, thrift shops and studios can be found virtually everywhere, so take your pick from the many towns like Portland, Biddleford, Belfast, Hallowell and Wiscasset.
Prepare for all kinds of weather during your trip to Maine. With the ocean breeze from one coast and the chill of the Great White North from another, you never know when a cold wind is going to whip through. Layers are key here, because if you let the weather stop you from enjoying the landscape, you'll never be able to enjoy this beautiful state.
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