People in Maine refer to their state as “the state of Maine”, not just “Maine”. And that may just be what Maine is – a state of mind.
Known as Vacationland, Maine offers unique opportunities for recreation and fun.
The south region has the beaches! Known for its pure white sand and its charming light houses along the shore, this is an excellent place to begin. Here recreation can be anything from shopping to swimming to biking to surfing to hiking, or even sailing. There are many charming towns along this beach coast region. Some of then are Kennebunkport, home of the Bush compound, Ogunquit, a lovely artists’ colony with shops, galleries, and York, an historic old town which houses the Museum of Old York.
Portland, Maine’s largest city, is a dramatic port on beautiful Casco Bay. Alive with arts, entertainment and restaurants galore, it also offers hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, bay cruises and lobster boat trips. (Never miss the opportunity to eat Maine lobster!) Trolley tours and ferries to the outlying islands are also found here. The Old Port district has cobblestone streets with many shops, restaurants and galleries and the Arts District offers galleries, museums, and performance venues. A sunset cruise on the bay is beautiful and a trip to the town of Freeport, home of L.L. Bean, is always fun.
The mountains and glacial lakes area are not to be missed for fall foliage or winter sports. Rangeley Lakes is a Mecca for hiking, sports fishing and spectacular fall foliage. Don’t miss the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway for a dramatic view. A good place for the kids is Sebago Lake State Park in Naples, itself a good place for outdoor recreation, particularly for hiking and skiing on Shawnee Peak Trails.
In the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Region, the capitol city of Augusta offers history, culture, antiquing and more. The Maine State Museum, the Capitol Building, Old Fort Western, beautiful Viles Arboretum and the nearby town of Hallowell for antiquing are all here.
Further north you’ll find the spectacle of the highest mountain, Mt. Katahdin in the Highlands area and Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake. A hugely popular area for all the sports, the area also has one of the state’s largest cities, Banghor.
As you’ve seen, Maine is a state of mind, which ever state you want to be in!